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review 2017-10-20 04:27
Rezension | Die Magie der Lüge von Nicole Gozdek
Die Magie der Namen: Roman - Nicole Gozdek

Beschreibung

 

Der Jugendliche Nummer 19 wünscht sich nichts sehnlicher als bei der Namensgebung mit einem bedeutenden Namen bedacht zu werden und endlich ein gutes Leben führen zu können. Leider erfüllt sich der Traum nicht ganz so wie erhofft, denn Nummer 19 wird von der Ellusan zwar als ein wichtiger Namen aus zwei Teilen erkannt, jedoch scheint keiner Tirasan Passario zu kennen. Nicht einmal die Namensmagie entfaltet bei Tirasan seine Wirkung.

 

In der Hoffnung etwas über seinen Namen heraus zu finden macht sich Tirasan auf die Reise in die Hauptstadt Himmelstor, um dort das Namensarchiv aufzusuchen und Auskunft über seinen Namen einzuholen. Der Weg dorthin gestaltet sich jedoch als ziemlich gefährlich – nur gut, dass der Krieger Rustan Polliander und dessen Freunde Tirasan zur Seite stehen.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Nicole Gozdek baut in ihrem Fantasyroman „Die Magie der Namen“ eine interessante Welt ganz ohne die typischen Geschöpfe wie z. B. Zwerge, Feen und Drachen auf. Dafür gibt es bereits bevor die Geschichte überhaupt beginnt eine Übersicht über die verschiedenen Namen und Gilden. Ehrlich gesagt konnte ich mir das wenigste dieser Übersicht auf Anhieb merken, aber als Nachschlagewerk während des Lesens war die Liste wirklich hilfreich.

 

Zugang zu dieser magischen Welt erhält der Leser spielend leicht. Nicole Gozdek nimmt einen bei der Hand und führt gezielt durch die Handlung. Nach und nach erfährt man, was es mit der Namensgebung und der Namensmagie auf sich hat und natürlich wie es der 16-jährigen Nummer 19 mit seinem Namen Tirasan Passario ergeht. Auf lockere Art und Weise lernt man die Gesellschaftsstrukturen und die wichtigsten Namensträger und ihre Ämter bzw. Gilden kennen. Sehr gut gefallen hat mir dabei der Aspekt der verschiedenen Wappen.

 

Als Nummer war Tirasan unbedeutend, hatte kaum Freunde und war dem Spott der Anderen ausgesetzt. In dieser Hinsicht verändert sich so einiges in seinem Leben, denn der tapfere Krieger und Beschützer Rustan Polliander sowie die magisch begabte Nelia freunden sich mit Tirasan an. Gemeinsam begeben sie sich auf die spannende Reise nach Himmelstor um dort mehr über ihre Namen und ihr Erbe in Erfahrung zu bringen. Die Gruppe wird von einer Bande von Namenslosen überfallen ohne zu erahnen welch mysteriöse Gründe sich dahinter verbergen.

 

Ich möchte euch natürlich nicht zu viel verraten, aber es wird auf jeden Fall Action und einige Überraschungen geben. Nicole Gozdek ist es mit ihrem flüssigen und bildhaften Schreibstil gelungen, mich fest in ihren Bann zu ziehen. Eine Geschichte bei der man förmlich an den Seiten kleben bleibt. Ich freue mich schon sehr auf den Folgeband „Die Magie der Lüge“ und vergebe fünf von fünf Grinsekatzen.

 

Information zur Reihe

 

1. 2016 Die Magie der Namen
2. 2017 Die Magie der Lüge

 

Fazit

 

Magische Fantasy die begeistert!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-magie-der-namen-von-nicole-gozdek
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review 2017-10-17 22:02
Not bad for a freebie Kindle eBook…
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan

Book Title:  Rumors of Savages

Author:  Carrie Regan

Genre:  Suspense Thriller

Setting:  African Jungle

Source:  Kindle eBook Freebie that I've had for a long time.

 

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 (A very low steam 3)

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

Rumors of Savages has been sitting on my Kindle for a long while and when I figured out that it would work for a reading challenge of mine, I decided what the heck, I'll give it a whirl.  I wasn't disappointed at all.  The African setting was very well done, and the supernatural element to it was woven in without feeling like a paranormal book at all.  It started out rather slow but picked up at about the halfway mark.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Doesn't look like she's written anything else.

 

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review 2017-10-14 23:48
Book Review of Ros by Dee DeTarsio
Ros - Dee DeTarsio

 

An out-of-this-world love story . . .

 

Ros is a supernatural encounter with a female from our cosmos: E.T. meets Starman. With the clock ticking, Micki tries to save Ros, who only has a few days left to find her way back home. The bonds of this most unlikely friendship are tested on the run, as they realize that love truly does transcend time and space.

 

Review 3*

 

This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.

 

Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to like her a little more. She is a divorced mother of two who unexpectedly has a close encounter of the third kind when an alien spaceship crashes close to her house. As she tries to help the alien, Ros, get back home, she finds herself running from the US Navy and facing a dangerous cult who will stop at nothing to capture the stranded alien. Will she succeed in helping her new friend?

 

The blurb is slightly misleading. I thought I would be reading a space romance. However, the story is more about friendship than romantic love. Having said that, I really enjoyed watching the sisromance (can't call it bromance) grow between the two main characters. Ros's character comes across a little one dimensional in my opinion. I think this is because the author may have struggled to imagine what an alien is like, while trying not to make her too human. There is an ET type feel to the story, with action and adventure thrown in along with some quirky characters. I actually loved Micki's ex mother-in-law, Rhoda. She's an eccentric character with the beginnings of Alzheimer's, but she's as sharp as a tack when she wants to be. There are also a few other interesting characters, like Captain James Kerk of the U.S. Navy, and Stanley Brower, Micki's neighbour.

 

I must admit that although the story was interesting, I found it easy to put it down and read something else and then come back to it. I'm not sure if this was down to the author's writing style or if it was my mood at the time of reading. There are some scenes that had me laughing, but I think the author was trying too hard to use wit and it fell flat at times, especially where there was a need to ratchet up the feeling of suspense for some of them instead. Having said that, I especially loved the scene where they steal Stanley's RV and find him in it. Then there's the one... Nope, you may just have to read it to find out more. I did find myself becoming rather emotional near the end and even shed a tear or two. The ending was slightly unexpected, but it left me feeling satisfied.

 

Dee DeTarsio has written an intriguing story. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced, but it kept me turning the pages. The flow of the story was pretty good, but some scenes could have been shortened for more impact. Would I read more of her books in the future? Perhaps. I am not ruling it out completely. I need to reduce my reading list first.

 

Due to some profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love chick-lit or science fiction genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-10-13 21:50
WWII with a alternate ending...
Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler - Ryan Graudin

Book Title:  Wolf by Wolf

Author:  Ryan Graudin

Narration:  Christa Lewis

Series:  Wolf by Wolf #1

Genre:  WWII, Alternate History

Setting:  All through many countries between Germany and Japan

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5+/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Total Cliffhanger…

Steam Factor 0-5:  0

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

I loved every minute of this book, and I'm so glad I listened on Audio because the narrator was phenomenal.  She had the accents down perfectly. Which is just enough of an accent, but not too much, that I couldn't understand her. 

 

From the alternate history to the skin shifting supernatural abilities, this had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening to it.  I especially embraced the stories behind each of her wolves that she has tattooed on her arm.  This story has such emotion to it, I was captivated.  The motorcycle race gave added depth to an already emotional story, with a feel to it, that actually reminded me of Iron Will.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Most definitely!

 

 

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review 2017-10-06 13:54
This reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy but without all the fighting scenes…mixed with a little Avatar
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

Book Title:  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Author:  Becky Chambers

Narration:  Rachel Dulude

Series:  Wayfarers #1

Genre:  Science Fiction, Space Opera

Setting:  Deep Space

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not so much…

Steam Factor: 0-5:  3

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I would call this a fun, laugh out loud kind of Space Opera.  A character-driven story with fantastically sapient-diverse characters, which is why I was reminded of Guardians of the Galaxy.  With similar character descriptions and the life-affirming sentiments found in Avatar. Yes, there's swearing and sexual situations aplenty.  Which really just added to the quirkiness of this story.

 

My only issue may be with the narration because sometimes I was lost in regards to who the characters were and what was going on.  I think it may have been due to there not being a significant silence between scenes.  I'm certain there were whole scenes that I missed out on because I was just…lost.  I didn't always know whose head I was in, either.  It would have been beneficial to have a full-cast narration to differentiate the characters.  I believe it would have a made a huge difference.  Despite this, I still feel Rachel Dulude did a decent narration.

 

Will I continue this seriesYa know, I didn't know this at first, but the next two books are considered stand-alone just set in the same Universe…so yeah, I’m totally going to read (or listen to) them too.

 

 

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