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review 2017-12-11 16:39
Verwunschene Orte
Atlas der unheimlichen Orte: Eine düstere Reise um die Welt - Olivier Le Carrer,Regine Schmidt,Sabine Grebing,Ursel Schäfer

Dieser Atlas geht auf die Geografie des Grauens ein. Er entführt an mysteriöse Orte, auf unheimliche Plätze sowie unwirtliche Inseln und hat dabei immer den Schrecken für den Leser im Blick.
Ich habe mir diesen Atlas gekauft, weil mich düstere Orte schon immer fasziniert haben. Der Titel lädt auf diese grauenvolle Reise ein und ich habe mich entspannt zurück gelehnt.

Der Atlas ist in mehrere Abschnitte gegliedert, wobei sich jeder auf eine bestimmte Region bezieht. Dabei werden die Orte in das alte Europa, zwischen Mittelmeer und südlichen Afrika, von einer Seite des indischen Ozeans zur anderen, rund um den Golf von Bengalen, zwischen Ostindien und Ozeanien, Amerika, auf den Inseln der neuen Welt und den Atlantik unterteilt. 

Insgesamt werden 40 schaurige Orte und Schauplätze beschrieben, deren Grauen recht unterschiedlich ist. Manche handeln von alten Sagen und Legenden, andere sind Ort eines furchterregenden Naturschauspiels oder werden in Zukunft Ausgangspunkt einer Katastrophe sein. 

Die Orte selbst sind mir zu ungenau beschrieben und ich hätte mich über Bilder der Gegenden gefreut. Zwar darf man nicht vergessen, dass es kein übliches Sachbuch sondern ein Atlas ist, trotzdem hätte ich mir mehr Hintergrundinformationen gewünscht.

Olivier Le Carrer erzählt meist auf einer Seite von der schaurigen Essenz der Schauplätze, geht mit Augenzwinkern auf historische Fehleinschätzungen ein oder spitzt manche Legende lächerlich zu, was doch einen sehr subjektiven Anstrich hat. Er schreibt eher wie in einem Essay als in objektiver Perspektive und veranschaulicht, worin der Schrecken dieser Orte liegt.

Natürlich wird jeder Schauplatz mit einer Landkarte ansprechend illustriert, die jedoch von Ort zu Ort im Maßstab unterschiedlich ist.

Ich gebe zu, dass ich mir von diesem „Atlas der unheimlichen Orte“ mehr erwartet hatte. Es ist dennoch eine interessante Lektüre für zwischendurch, die unheilvollen Gegenden werden mir jedoch zu rasch abgehakt und nur oberflächlich behandelt.

Meiner Meinung nach bietet der „Atlas der unheimlichen Orte“ trotz meiner Kritik eine gute Übersicht über mysteriöse Gegenden auf unserem Planeten und wird bestimmt andere Leser faszinieren - wenn auch nicht allzu genau informieren - können.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-11-27 00:00
The Boy Can't Help It
The Boy Can't Help It - Gavin Atlas The Boy Can't Help It - Gavin Atlas 3,5 porny stars

First of all, let me clarify the genre of this porny lusty collection of short stories. We are talking about GAY EROTICA here. Let me emphasize it, because every now and then the genre will be misinterpreted, and as a consequence, disappointed readers and misunderstood authors.

The Boy Can't Help It is not a MM romance anthology - though it is still as romantic as a healthy gay erotica could tolerate.

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This book is an arousing collection of top/bottom fantasies, HOOOOT and full of relish. I won’t categorize it as a BDSM anthology, I am not an expert here, but this book is more about craving for submission and desire to be dominated and used in all possible and impossible ways than about some fancy leather accessories.

It is well written, and pretty slutty. A solid masturbating stuff, so to speak. Keep your mind free and of course the both hands, or in other words: this anthology has power to arouse the reader's sexually. Exactly what erotica literature is for.

But even if I assume that it is well written, it is not easy to rate it: A mischievous thought that we deal with rather a risqué genre that doesn’t have a noble social state remains stuck in mind.





If you are into a bottom/top dynamic, and you can't have enough of an insatiable and always horny bottom, in all shapes and types, if you like dirty talks, if you enjoy smut from time to time, then it could be a good choice.

My critical points: I found the collection a bit repetitive - you shouldn’t read such books in one sitting, no doubts, but more diversity would have been welcomed. Besides there was one long-winded short story, Simple and Easy, that was not my cuppa (it could be through yours, if you into a gang bang). It rather exhausted me, but not in a way one could mean talking about erotica. I was simply bored.

All in all, it is a well written sexy fun collection with some unexpected emotional moments.

For sensual quiet hours with oneself.


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***Copy provided by the author to GBR in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2017-08-02 02:59
Book Review for Lucky by Lily Atlas
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Lucky
Series: No Prisoners MC Romance
Author: Lilly Atlas
Genre: MC Romance 
Release Date: July 31, 2017
Arc Copy provided for Honest Review
5 stars from us
Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After six painful months caring for her terminally ill mother, Kori learns the identity of her father. Desperate to connect with the only family she has left, Kori sets out to meet the man responsible for half of her DNA. There’s just one problem: he’s the President of the No Prisoners MC, Las Vegas chapter.
 
Raised as the step-daughter of an MC member, Kori has one rule when it comes to dating: no bikers. But following that rule becomes a real challenge when she meets Lucky, a member of her father’s club. He's handsome, he's sexy, and he makes her feel special.
 
Lucky has his own rule for dating: don’t do it. With a revolving door to his bedroom, he has no interest in a relationship. But what begins as harmless flirting with his Pres's daughter heats up, until he can’t get Kori out of his mind. She's enough to make him give up being single. 
 
But Lucky is holding onto a dark secret. He's learned the Pres and VP are involved in activities that could bring down their chapter. He was nearly ready to act when Kori arrived. Now he must decide: move swiftly against his club's leaders, or wait to give his relationship more time to develop? Either way, can he save her from getting caught in the crossfire?


Another great MC romance in the No Prisoner's series.In this story we were on a journey with Kori and Lucky to finding their own piece of love and happiness.

Kori has lost her mother and has learned who is her long lost father in one swoop.After her mother's death she seeks out to find her father and to get to know him if he is willing.In doing so she learns her father is the president of the No Prisoners MC club.

Kori has one thing going for her and that is she is not a complete stranger when it come to club life her mother was and old lady and her stepfather a member of a club.I found Kori to be sweet kind,loving,independent, and she had a sense of humor and was full of spunk.

I always pick a favorite character in a story and mine is going to be Kori.I just loved her from the onset.But,she won me over when she made the ultimate sacrifice to protect Lucky even though doing so she was going to cost her the man she loves.

Lucky's character surprised me the most.Lucky was not your typical MC character.I found him to have more feelings and was more open than any of the other MC members.Yes he has baggage like most but, I loved how he openly he expressed his feelings a thoughts with Kori.It showed he was caring and had feelings and was capable of giving his heart to someone.Yes,he was dangerous but not in a scary kind of way.

Lucky saw Kori as a challenge and she was the first girl who didn't fall at his feet.He knew right then and there that she was the one for him.I loved this couple together they had awesome chemistry that made for some really hot sexual encounters.They were just so cute together with their constant teasing and bantering with each other as it made us smile and laugh.

I found Lucky to have his own  insecurities in this relationship that definitely clouded his judgment when it came to Kori.But, all those insecurities is what drew me to Lucky's character.It made for  more of an emotional story.Falling in love is not alway's easy but, its more rewarding when you have to work for it.
(grins)

This MC romance had tons of drama,deceit,greed.The story always had something going on.Keeping it interesting.This MC is divided as it is but,when the secrets are revealed to the club is it going to make or break it?

I love when you read a story and from the onset you connect with its characters and I was able to do that with these characters as I could help but love them.We also enjoyed reading about the other members as well.

Another great story filled with love,romance,drama,betrayals that had a great cast of characters and we loved it.

I am so enjoying this series and recommend it to all MC lovers.

5 stars from us 


 
 
 
Las Vegas, November 2015
Three-fifty-seven a.m. Pretty fucking early. Why the hell he was awake, he had no clue. Maybe his female companion had inadvertently woken him when she crawled her sweet ass out of the bed and slunk into the night.
Lucky’s head was a bit groggy, but the intoxication seemed to have worked its way out of his system. A quick cup of the sludge his MC brothers called coffee and he’d be good to ride home where he could actually get some comfortable sleep. This damn bed was like sleeping on a pile of rocks, and sharp nails.
Now where the hell had his cut landed?
He found it dangling from the foot of the bed. Once dressed, he made his way down the dark hallway toward the main area of the clubhouse. The building was a seven thousand square foot single story old shoe factory that had been converted for their needs years ago. The front of the building served as the heart of the clubhouse. The space was wide open, with a massive bar, pool table, dart boards, and a number of plush, albeit questionably sanitary, couches. That’s where they partied, hung out, and generally caused a ruckus.
A long hallway led to the back of the building where offices and spare rooms were located as well as the giant meeting room, or chapel, where the club conducted its business. Lucky loved his second home, even if sleeping there was a less than restful experience.
He trod as quietly as his booted feet would allow so as not to wake anyone else who’d spent the night. As he neared the bar, loud, angry voices broke the silence of the early morning.
“How did this happen? Tell me how the fuck this happened!” Rebel’s smoke-roughened yell made Lucky wince. Their Vegas chapter president was not someone to piss off. Those who got on his bad side often found themselves missing a tooth or two. Just last year when their club brothers from Crystal Rock, Arizona were in town, Rebel had rearranged some punk’s face for having the nerve to step on his foot and not apologize in a crowded bar.
“I don’t know, Pres. Casper called me just five minutes ago. First thing I did was come to you.” Savage sounded just as agitated as Rebel. Another man you didn’t want to put a target on your ass. Like Lucky, he lived up to his nickname with gusto.
Lucky halted, unsure if he’d be welcome at this moment. If it seemed like they could use his help, he’d be more than happy to jump in, but something felt off about the situation. The small hairs on the back of his neck rose to attention. An issue requiring attention at four a.m. on a Saturday could only mean trouble.
Casper. Why did that name sound so familiar?
“Tell me exactly what Casper said. Word for fuckin’ word. And give me a fuckin’ cigarette. I left mine in my room.”
Silence descended and Lucky pictured Rebel lighting up and sucking in that first soothing drag. In eight years, there had perhaps been three times he’d seen Rebel without a cigarette between his fingers and smoke billowing from his mouth. His leathery face and raspy voice bore the marks of a man who loved his smokes.
“Spit it the fuck out, Savage.” Rebel sounded close to losing his cool. Surprising for a man who ruthlessly commanded respect and never seemed at a loss. Shit must be bad.
“Casper said they’re having ongoing issues with their supply from the cartel. Trust has been a problem since the Crystal Rock chapter ambushed them. Stealing the mil meant for the cartel pissed the Grimm Brothers off, big time. They liked working with Snake but hate Casper’s guts.”
Lucky remembered now. Grimm Brothers MC. Casper was the VP and Snake had been the president for a while. Nasty motherfuckers who caused serious trouble for two of his brothers, Striker and Jester. Snake kidnapped Striker’s woman and blackmailed Jester’s ol’ lady with threats of killing her only brother. The Grimm Brothers were the sworn enemy of the No Prisoners Crystal Rock chapter.
“Shit.” Rebel’s curse was followed by a loud boom that had Lucky jolting. He tiptoed a few steps further into the hallway. He should leave. Spying on the President wasn’t a smart idea, but now he itched to know the rest of the story.
“Did they get this month’s shipment? Thirty percent of that product had our name on it,” Rebel asked.
Wait. What? Lucky’s blood ran cold. His club steered far away from the drug trade.
“Most of it. The cartel held some of it back as punishment for Casper’s bad attitude.” Savage paused and without actually looking at him, Lucky could imagine his cold eyes turn deadly. “Said they have no problem finding new buyers so Casper needs to get his ass in line.”
Rebel let out a harsh laugh followed by a barking cough. “That scrawny asshole knows how much I depend on the cash from our heroin sales. He better get his shit together or the cartel will be the least of his worries.”
Lucky swore his heart stopped beating for a few seconds, just before it kicked up into a fast gallop. Rebel and Savage were selling drugs. Who else knew? Who else was involved? How long had this been going on?
Nausea rolled through his gut like a violent storm. His sister had died of an overdose when she was just seventeen. One of the reasons he’d chosen this specific MC when looking to prospect was the fact that they were fierce in their stance against involvement in the drug trade. Too risky and too much collateral damage. Or so he’d believed.
“Maybe we should consider cutting out the middle man. Deal with the cartel ourselves.” Rebel coughed. The man’s lungs had to be blacker than tar.
“Not a bad idea, Pres. Things ain’t the same since Jester beat Snake near to death. You think Casper finished the job? You know that greedy asshole was just biding his time until he could claw his way to the top and no one’s heard from Snake in the months since.”
“I need a drink. What a fuckin’ mess.” Rebel sighed, then the sound of liquid being poured reached Lucky’s ears.
Well, now he sure as hell couldn’t step out into the bar area. With the stealth of a ninja, Lucky crept back toward the room he’d crashed in. This was far too much information to process at four in the morning after a night of heavy drinking. His thoughts bubbled and swirled like molten lava in a volcano near eruption.
Now he got to choose between two shitty options.
Turn a blind eye and keep his trap closed.
Or run with what he overheard to someone who could help. Take it to the Crystal Rock chapter. Tell them his president and vice president were in direct violation of the club’s strict no drugs bylaw. Be a rat.
And in the MC world, there was nothing dirtier than a rat.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lilly Atlas is a contemporary romance author, proud Navy wife, and mother of two spunky girls. By day she works as a physical therapist for a hospital in Virginia. Lilly is an avid romance reader, and expects her Kindle to beg for mercy every time she downloads a new eBook. Thankfully, it hasn’t happened yet, and she can often be found absorbed in a good book.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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review 2017-07-14 18:17
The Atlas of Forgotten Places: A Novel - Jenny D. Williams

I absolutely loved this book. A book filled with family, love, friendship, action and suspense set in Africa during the revolutionary war in Uganda and the Congo.

Sabine, who has retired from a long career of aid work to Germany, discovers that her niece, Lily, who went to Uganda to follow in her aunt's footsteps, is missing. Lily was scheduled to come home for the holidays, however, she was not on the plane when it landed. Sabine knows that the only way she is going to find her niece is to go to Uganda herself and look into the matter. 

What she finds there is so different from how it was when she was there as an aid worker. There has been a revolutionary war and poverty is everywhere. Families are missing family members and it seems everyone is trying to find their loved ones. However, with Lily being white, she hopes that this will put a spark under everyone and Lily will be found easily and safely. That does not happen.

The story of Sabine's journey is filled with action and suspense. I sped right through this book totally engrossed. Jenny D. Williams has done a great job in this, her debut novel. The writing and how she plotted everything was impeccable. 

A book filled with emotion, surprises, and lots and lots of danger which I found very entertaining. I would definitely read this author's next book!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-07 22:11
Murder in Mayfair
Murder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby Mystery - D. M. Quincy

An above average historical mystery. Entertaining characters, clear writing.

 

I definitely recommend it and look forward to more.

 

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

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