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review 2018-09-10 07:06
Familie Lejongård lüftet weitere Geheimnisse
Die Frauen vom Löwenhof - Mathildas Geheimnis: Roman (Die Löwenhof-Saga, Band 2) - Corina Bomann

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Südschweden, 1931. Mathilda ist 16 und nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter Waise. Völlig überrascht steht sie plötzlich der beeindruckenden Agneta Lejongård gegenüber. Die ihr unbekannte Gutsherrin ist ihr Vormund und nimmt sie mit auf den Löwenhof. Mathilda ahnt nicht, dass Agneta ihre Tante ist. Und noch bevor sie die Wahrheit über ihre Herkunft erfährt, bricht in Europa ein neuer Krieg aus. Das Leben auf dem Löwenhof verändert sich für immer, und Mathilda muss auf der Suche nach ihrem persönlichen Glück ganz neue Wege gehen. 

 

Meine Meinung 

An erster Stelle ein ganz großes Lob an die Sprecherin Karoline Mask von Oppen.

Wer sich noch unsicher ist, ob er zum Buch oder zum Hörbuch greift, sollte den Hörbuchgenuss nicht außer Acht lassen.

Die Sprecherin haucht sowohl Mathilda, als auch der Geschichte so viel Leben ein.

Interessant ist auch, dass für jeden Teil der Reihe eine andere Sprecherin gewählt wurde. Agneta im ersten Band wurde von Nora Jokhosha gesprochen und hat mir auch sehr gut gefallen.

 

Seit dem Ausgang des ersten Bandes sind 16 Jahre vergangen.

So glücklich wie Band 1 endete, so traurig beginnt der zweite Teil der Reihe. Die junge Mathilda verliert ihre Mutter, welche man bereits aus Band 1 kennt und wird zur Waise. Sie sieht sofort ihr zukünftiges Leben den Bach hinunter gehen, möchte sie doch mit Paul glücklich werden und mit ihm gemeinsam ein Möbelhaus eröffnen. Bei der Testamentseröffnung ihrer Mutter erwartet Mathilda dann eine überraschende Wendung ihres Schicksals. Vor ihr steht Agneta Lejongård, zu deren Mündel sie werden soll. So kommt es, dass wir als Hörer/Leser gemeinsam mit Mathilda zurück an den Löwenhof kehren.

 

Dort wird Mathilda allerdings nicht von allen herzlich empfangen. Agneta’s Söhne Ingmar und Magnus reagieren sehr unterschiedlich auf die neue Bewohnerin des Hauses. Vor allem der ruhige Magnus hat im Verlauf des Buches noch einiges in petto. Seinen Unmut gegenüber Mathilda konnte ich von Anfang bis Ende nicht verstehen und durch sein nicht nachvollziehbares Verhalten nimmt er sehr schnell die Rolle des unsympathischsten Charakters ein. Sein Verhalten habe ich während des Hörens auf Eifersucht geschoben, ob es wirklich so ist, wird in diesem Teil nicht bestätigt.

 

Ansonsten gibt es einige Wiedersehen mit bereits bekannten Hausangestellten, was mir an Buchreihen immer besonders gut gefällt. Wie bereits im ersten Band herrscht unterschwellig eine geheimnisvolle Stimmung. Sobald man den ersten Band der Reihe kennt, ist man Mathilda hier im Vorteil. Man ahnt, mit welcher Wahrheit sie im Verlauf konfrontiert wird, kann lediglich ihre Reaktion nicht abmessen.

 

Auch im zweiten Teil darf es nicht an Liebe, Intrigen, Geheimnissen und Schicksalsschlägen mangeln und das tut es auch nicht. Corina Bomann zeigt ihr Händchen diese Geschichte fortzusetzen. Als Hörer/Leser hat man durch etwas größere Zeitsprünge auch das Gefühl im der Story voran zu kommen.

 

In diesem Band schlittert man als Hörer/Leser in die Zeit des 2. Weltkrieges hinein. Einige interessante Themen schneidet die Autorin in ihrer Geschichte an, aber konstant bleibt die Geschichte um Mathilda und Agneta auf dem Löwenhof im Fokus. Gerne hätte ich noch ein wenig mehr von der Rolle Schwedens in dieser Zeit erfahren, aber das war nicht das Vorhanden von Corina Bomann und daher werde ich schauen, ob sich dazu vielleicht andere Lektüre finden lässt.

 

Was mir während des Lesens immer gefehlt hat, war ein zeitlicher Überblick. Die Autorin versucht die Jahreszahlen geschickt zu umgehen und als Hörer/Leser aber ich versucht mich sehr stark auf den Jahreszeitenwechsel und den Jahresübergang durch die Silvesterfeier zu orientieren. Enden tut dieser zweite Teil der Löwenhof Saga im Mai 1945 und mit dem Weg der Sonne.

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Hinsichtlich eines Punktes wählte die Autorin ebenfalls eine andere Herangehensweise, wie ich es mir gewünscht hätte. Im ersten Band lernen wir einen Mann kennen, der im zweiten Band nochmal eine sehr interessante Rolle gespielt hätte, leider nur in der dritten Person erwähnt wird und keinen eigenen Auftritt mehr hat.

 

Mein Fazit

Auch Band 2 konnte mich mitnehmen an den Löwenhof. Corina Bomann konnte mich wieder durchgängig mit Interesse an der Geschichte packen. Ein großes Lob ist auch in meinem Fazit der Sprecherin zu zukommen, welche mir die Geschichte wirklich sehr schön vorgetragen hat.

Mit Aussicht auf den dritten und letzten Band der Reihe bin ich gespannt auf die Protagonistin, die Zeit in der das Buch spielen wird und auf die Ereignisse, die auf die Familie Lejongård warten.

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text 2018-09-04 14:59
Monthly Run Down - August 2018
Too Late - Colleen Hoover
The Rehearsal Dinner - J.R. Ward
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
The Reception - J.R. Ward
The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook - Olivia Hops
Eternal Beast - Laura Wright
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - Charlamagne Tha God,Charlamagne Tha God,Simon & Schuster Audio
Consumed - J.R. Ward
Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

*Better late than never right?



Books I Read:

 

Too Late - 3.75 Stars - Super intense.

 

The Rehearsal Dinner - 4 Stars - Hot, and not just because the characters are firefighters

A Little Big Rock  - 4 Stars - I need to figure out where I can sign up for a Spencer of my own.

 

Creative Quest  - 3.5 Stars - Interesting, made me think more about creativity than I think I ever have, and that’s a good thing.  

 

The Reception   - 4 Stars - Just as hot as I thought it would be. So ready for Consumed

 

The Edible Cookie Dough Book - 5 Stars - So many fun and delicious recipes that I can’t wait to try

 

Eternal Beast - 4 Stars - So many layers of story.

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - 4 Stars - Inspirational

 

Consumed - 4 Stars - Great start to a new series. I love these characters

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding - 4 Stars - lots of fun

 

Rough & Ready - 3.5 Stars - Tanner Green is swoonworthy






DNF:

 

Single and Looking Daisy - Balinda Austin - Daisy is a hot mess who needs psychiatric help.



Currently Reading:



Sexsomnia - Anya Omah - So far I dislike the “Hero”

 

Lies  - T.M. Logan - Just started so nothing much has happened




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

 

2018: 69 books

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text 2018-09-02 01:09
August Books

I read 41 books this month with an average score of 3.58. I had a reread this month with Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell. I finished several series that I'd started a while ago (The Conqueror's SagaStorm Siren, and Rosario Vampire Season II).

 

23 of my books were young adult and 11 were graphic novels. My most read genres were contemporary, romance, and fantasy.

 

My favorite books were Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White and A Million Junes - Emily Henry. My least favorite book was Losing the Field - Abbi Glines.

 

 

5 Stars

Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White 

 

 

4.5 Stars

A Million Junes - Emily Henry Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel - A. W. Jantha Heavy Vinyl - Carly Usdin,Nina Vakueva 

 

4 Stars

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist - Franchesca Ramsey  Aftermath - Kelley Armstrong  Love and Other Words - Christina Lauren  Save the Date - Morgan Matson  Fence, Vol. 1 - C.S. Pacat  I See London, I See France - Sarah Mlynowski  Rosario+Vampire: Season II, Vol. 2 - Akihisa Ikeda  The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas  This Is Really Happening - Erin Chack  Alters, Vol. 2: The Story of No-Damn-Name: A Loving Mother - Paul Jenkins,Leïla Leïz  Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave - Shyima Hall,Lisa Wysocky  The Accidental Bad Girl - Maxine Kaplan  Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan  Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris  

 

3.5 Stars

Monday's Not Coming - Tiffany D. Jackson Reclaiming Shilo Snow: The Pulse-Pounding Sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow - Mary Weber  Mimi the Cross-Dresser and His Boyfriend Kei - Meco Crack Star - Tomo Kurahashi  Tea Cup Toy Boy - Cana Umino Meow For Me - Sachi Murakami Bombshells: United Vol. 1: American Soil - Marguerite Sauvage,Marcelo Dichiara,Siya Oum,Marguerite Bennett  Siren's Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy) - Mary Weber  Catwoman: Soulstealer - Sarah J. Maas  The Kissing Booth - Beth Reekles 

 

3 Stars

Ash Princess - Laura Sebastian-Coleman  Powder Snow Melancholy Vol. 1 - Saki Tsukahara  Solo - Mary Rand Hess,Kwame Alexander  The Evaporation of Sofi Snow - Mary Weber  Dark Days: The Road to Metal - Andy Kubert,Scott Snyder,John Romita Jr., 'James Tynion IV'  Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy) - Mary Weber  The Careful Undressing of Love - Corey Ann Haydu  Expelled - James Patterson,Emily Raymond  

 

2.5 Stars

White Rabbit - Caleb Roehrig The Smoke Thieves - Sally Green Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together - Arden Rose 

 

2 Stars

Losing the Field - Abbi Glines 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 6
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 2
  • Unknown: 3

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 19
  • Audio: 22

 

 

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text 2018-09-01 12:05
August 2018 Round-Up

 

Wow August went by so fast, I can't believe we are going into September. August was a super busy month here with back to school stuff and school sports starting, it was insanely busy and I was surprised that  still got plenty of books in, or at least more than I thought I would lol. I got some ARCs  done and I also got the first three books in the Shatter Me series read. I liked them more than I thought I would. I still have to get the reviews done for them and will post them soon. Plus I finally finished The Mine Order, took me forever and not sure why but I really liked that book. 

Currently I'm working on one ARC and a book I meant to read for a while. It's just taking a bit longer since I was so busy and I need to find time to read but I'm hoping it will get better this week, when we are back to a normal routine.

 

For my ARC I'm reading : 

 

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

 

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Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

 

And my other book I'm reading right now is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

There are some great books releasing next ,month and the month after and I'm not even sure when or how I will get to them all. But here are some books I'm looking forward to in September .

 

Wildcard by Marie Lu

 

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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

 

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

 

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I don't have any real goals for September, just finish my ARC and maybe if more come in get them done as well. 

Oh on a happy note. I did officially finish my 2018 Goodreads  Reading challenge, I had it only set to 50 books but YAY, If you wanna check it out here you can, I don't think I will up it at this time :) 

 

The Giveaway ended and the winner will hear from us within two weeks normally. We also will have a new Halloween Giveaway that will go up sometime mid September ;)  

 

Now to my August reads. as usual you can find the buy links in the reviews that will be linked.

Thank you for all your support and Happy Reading :) 

 


 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

 

 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

     

 2 ½★ – 3★


Until We’re More by Cindi Madsen

 

Chelsea is smart, funny, gorgeous, and the best friend I’ve ever had. Ever since she left, I’ve been a wreck. I’ve been focused on keeping my family’s MMA gym afloat while I train and coach fighters, anything to not miss her more. But now she’s finally back, along with her grumpy, possessive cat, and things are weird between us.

By weird, I mean I can’t stop thinking about her in that way. She’s in the room next door, and it takes all my control not to storm in there, sweep her up, and bring her back to my bed. Even stranger, I’m pretty sure she’d be into it.

And this time, I’m not going to stop fighting until we’re more.

   

5 ★


Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

 

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

     

5 ★


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

     

 4 ★


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

4 ★


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text 2018-08-31 18:45
August 2018-That's A Wrap!
The Auctioneer: Valancourt 20th Century Classics - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Joan Samson
The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival - Terry Roberts
Behind the Door - Mary SanGiovanni
Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells
Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found - Gilbert King,Kimberly Farr
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
Occasional Beasts: Tales - John Claude Smith
Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea
Skullface Boy - Chad Lutzke
The Siren and The Spectre (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Jonathan Janz

I read 11 books this month!

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

0

 

Audiobooks 

 

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*

Beneath A Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King, narrated by Kimberly Farr 4*

The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff, narrated by Matt Godfrey 3.5*

 

Total: 3

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival by Terry Roberts 4*

Behind the Door by Mary SanGiovanni 4.5*

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells 4*

Occasional Beasts: Tales by John Claude Smith 4.5*

Creature by Hunter Shea ALL THE DAMN STARS!

Skullface Boy by Chad Lutzke 4.5*

The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz 3.5*

 

Total: 7

 

RANDOM READS

 

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury 4*

 

Total: 1

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)

 

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

 

Running Total: 109

 

BRING ON HALLOWEEN BINGO!

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