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review 2017-09-15 00:49
Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell
I felt sorry for Ree throughout this whole novel. The responsibilities and her mannerisms reminded me a thirty-year old woman and here she was just sixteen. She was forced to be the head-of-the-household as the adults in her life have checked out. Her mother is sick and has been for quite some time, she can hardly make it out of bed each day. Her father has decided that his drugs become first, the consuming and the manufacturing of them, that he just does his own thing. Ree, she manages the household and keeps her younger brothers in line because there is no one else to take over. They live in the hills and as I read, I could picture the isolation where their house was located and the stress that Ree carried with her. Ree’s best friend lives close but they each have responsibilities that doesn’t allow them to be the children that they are. Gail, her best friend, got pregnant and married the father of her child. He’s not the best husband to have but the responsibilities that fall on his shoulders are minimum, for his parents take care of his family. The more I read about this community, I could see how tight they are, they knew what was happening around them and I saw how their last names and their ancestry carry a lot of weight.
Ree’s father has taken off again, his whereabouts are unknown but Ree has some notions on where he might be. Normally this doesn’t concern her much as he usually arrives home sometime, this disappearing act has become a habit with him. When a Deputy arrives, and inquiries about her father, what he tells Ree changes everything. Ree desperately needs to find her father. If she is unsuccessful, they could lose their home and Ree doesn’t need any more stress in her life. This search becomes more difficult than Ree had imaged but I pulled for her as she was one hard and determined individual, who I believed wouldn’t stop until she had an answer.
I liked this novel for its portrayal of individuals. I also enjoyed reading about their community, a community that seemed odd at times to me but this was their home and I liked the quest that Ree set out to solve. I feel that the author did a fantastic job creating this experience for me. Based on the cover, I see that there is a movie created from this novel, now this is something I’m going to have to get my hands on and watch.


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review 2017-09-03 14:28
Review of Bone White By Ronald Malfi
Bone White - Ronald Malfi

I will have to admit some biased to this book. I am from Alaska and although the story is not set in my home town, it did definitely elicit some homesickness on my part. Bone White started out a tad slow for me but once it picked up pace, I couldn't put it down. A serial killer, a small creepy Alaskan village, and rumors of the Devil in the woods, make for a page turner that will leave you unsettled but wanting more.

I received a copy of this book from Kensington Publishing Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


© 2017 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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review 2017-09-01 02:56
Shadow & Bone - Grisha #1
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

There are more than enough reviews of this book already, so I'm not going to say much. Really for me is boils down to this: average book is average. Unextraordinary, plain, orphan girl discovers she is The Chosen One, and begins her journey to save the world. On the way she ends up in a magic school where she had trouble fitting in, and meets Mysterious Bad Boy, while pining for the Good Boy from her childhood. The story just sort of clips along without ever bringing any real surprises or revelations. It's perfectly fine, but ultimately forgettable.


Here's the thing: I read Six of Crows first, and I loved it. In fact, I loved it enough that I'm willing to give this series the benefit of the doubt and stick with it. (Had I started with this book I doubt I'd bother.) I know Bardugo can write (though she's much better at 3rd person POV than 1st, which is the POV she uses in this trilogy). All in all the book wasn't bad, just uninspired. My advice? If you're diving into the Grisha world for the first time skip ahead to her duology (Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom) - the writing is better, the plot more complex, the characters more fleshed out and interesting, and the story more surprising and original. As for me I'm going to tear through the rest of the trilogy just so I can hang out in Grisha land a little bit longer.

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review 2017-08-29 16:40
Review: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season: A Novel - Samantha Shannon



19-year-old Paige is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped. She is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


This book as something really different for me and I really enjoyed it. But it is also super hard to write a review without spoiling too much about this book. One thing I have to say it is a very complex world and can be overwhelming and confusing in the beginning. But once you get the hang of it, the rest of the book is awesome. The book has a glossary at the end, I suggest you bookmark it, I used it a few times throughout the book. The same goes to the chart in the beginning of the book about the different orders of clairvoyants. Like I said it can be a bit confusing since the world is so complex and different but it is easy to get the hang of it. The beginning, kind of reminded me of Six of Crows, with the whole gang thing and the order of it as well as the word. Six of Crows was a book I loved so I was more than fine with that. It was also pretty dark, and cruel to watch Paige go through all of what she went through. I really liked Paige, while she can seem a bit cold at times you can tell that there is a lot more going on with her and I cannot wait to find out more about her and her past. She is quite the bada$$ and stands up for herself but also for others that can’t do it for themselves. She never gives and just keeps on fighting. I think we can see a funny side of her as well but that might be later on in the books she has not much to laugh about in this book. There are some great side characters, that I liked and can see becoming main ones but I don’t want to much to giveaway. The same goes for her group of people, but we don’t know that much about them yet. All I know is that I love Nick and really want to punch Jaxon. The Rephaim, we don’t know much about them except that they are the baddies, but it is also hinted at that there is more to it fairly early on. I cannot wait to learn more about them and why they are there and so much more. They kind of reminded me of vampires in a way. But we shall see. There are so many thing I can’t wait to learn more about like the cords, silver and gold, more about the history of Rephaim, Dreamwalkers and so on. But with 7 planned books all together I think we will get to all of it. The book really leaves you with more question at the end but in a good way. I’m very much looking forward to book two and three that I already have on hand. I rate this book 4★, I would have rated it 5★ but the large world building slows the books down a bit. I’m hoping that now that we know the world book two will be a lot smoother. So my rating will be 4★

Some of my favorite Quotes

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can't get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.” *** “No, Paige. I am trying to help you.” “Go to hell.” “I already exist on a level of hell.” “Exist on one that isn't near mine.” *** “They'd branded me like some kind of animal. Lower than an animal. A number.” *** “Nothing’s worse than a story without an end.” ***

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing in abundance when she was twelve, started her first novel when she was fifteen, and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, from 2010 – 2013, graduating with a 2:1. She specialised in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism. In 2013, she published The Bone Season, the internationally bestselling first installment in a seven-book series of fantasy novels. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, was published in 2015, and she's currently editing the third book in the series, The Song Rising. She is also the author of On the Merits of Unnaturalness and The Pale Dreamer, and has recently sold a new high fantasy novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, to Bloomsbury.


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review 2017-08-29 12:30
Emotionalität über Konstruktion
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Ich bin vermutlich die letzte, die „Shadow and Bone“ von Leigh Bardugo liest. Der Trilogieauftakt erschien 2012 und löste einen verrückten Hype aus, dem ich mich nicht entziehen konnte. Ich kaufte das Buch 2014, lies es dann aber drei Jahre warten. Nicht, weil es mich nicht mehr interessierte, sondern weil ich die Vorfreude darauf voll auskosten wollte. Die Aussicht auf ein High Fantasy – Universum, das vom zaristischen Russland inspiriert wurde, war einfach zu delikat, um kopfüber in die Geschichte zu stürzen.


Manchmal ändert ein einziger Moment alles. Seit Alina Starkov, Waise und mittelmäßige Kartografin beim Militär von Ravka, ihrem besten Freund Malyen und ihrem Trupp im Schatten-Spalt das Leben rettete, erkennt sie sich selbst kaum wieder. Als sie in der schwärenden Wunde tiefster Dunkelheit angegriffen wurden, brach etwas aus ihr hervor: eine Macht, von der sie nicht wusste, dass sie sie besitzt. Verwirrt und desorientiert wurde sie dem Dunklen vorgeführt, dem Anführer der Grischa, der magischen Elite des Landes. Er sandte sie in die Hauptstadt Os Alta und riss sie brutal aus ihrer Existenz. Nun wird Alina als Grischa ausgebildet, weit entfernt von Mal und allem, was ihr vertraut ist. Ihre Fähigkeiten sind selbst für eine Magierin einzigartig. Große Hoffnungen lasten auf ihren Schultern. Sie könnte Ravkas Kriege beenden. Sie könnte den Hunger in ihrem Land bekämpfen. Gemeinsam mit dem Dunklen könnte sie sogar den Spalt schließen. Aber kann sie dem Dunklen und ihren neuen Kräften überhaupt vertrauen, ohne Mal an ihrer Seite, der sie daran erinnert, wer sie ist?


Ich möchte nicht schon wieder die alte Leier spielen. Also werde ich nicht schreiben, dass „Shadow and Bone“ dem Hype nicht gerecht wird. Stattdessen schreibe ich: der Hype um „Shadow and Bone“ ist übertrieben. Leigh Bardugo ist gewiss auf einem guten Weg und der Auftakt der „Grisha“-Trilogie hat mich gut unterhalten, doch angesichts all der Aufregung hatte ich definitiv mehr Feuerwerk erwartet. Mir reichen die unausgegorenen positiven Ansätze nicht aus, um mich in Begeisterungsstürme verfallen zu lassen. Ich erkenne die vielversprechenden Aspekte, über die andere Leser_innen schwärmen, aber meiner Meinung nach sind diese nicht in aller Konsequenz ausgearbeitet. Betrachten wir zum Beispiel das Worldbuilding. Die zaristisch-russischen Einflüsse sind prägnant, was mir wirklich gut gefiel, weil es eine erfrischende Abwechslung zu den zahllosen mittelalterlichen High Fantasy – Welten darstellt. Ich habe in einem Interview mit Leigh Bardugo gelesen, dass bestimmte Merkmale des Landes Ravka für sie von Beginn an feststanden – die extreme Diskrepanz zwischen Arm und Reich, die Unfähigkeit zur Industrialisierung, die truppenstarke, zwangsverpflichtete Armee – sie jedoch nach einer kulturellen Inspirationsquelle suchte, die diesem skizzenhaften Konzept Leben einhauchen würde. Das imperialistische Russland bot sich nahezu zwingend an und ich finde, sie transportiert die damit einhergehende Atmosphäre hervorragend. Meiner Vorstellung nach könnte Ravka tatsächlich ein Landstrich im Russland zur Zarenzeit sein. Leider hilft mir dieses stabile Bild allerdings nicht, die Situation in Ravka zu verstehen. Das Land führt seit Generationen Krieg gegen seine Nachbarnationen. Wieso? Worum geht es? Rohstoffe? Territorium? Ich weiß es nicht und ich bin bedauerlicherweise nicht überzeugt, dass Leigh Bardugo es weiß. Ich habe den Eindruck, dass sie Ravka kaum besser kennt als ich, weil sie – dem strengen Korsett der YA folgend – die Ausschlachtung der Liebesgeschichte der detaillierten Ausarbeitung ihres Universums vorzog. Emotionalität über Konstruktion. Natürlich gibt es ein Liebesdreieck. Die Protagonistin Alina ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen ihrem reizenden besten Freund Mal und dem nebulösen Oberhaupt der Grischa, dem Dunklen. Ich mochte Alina anfangs sehr gern. Ich fand sie rotzig, schlagfertig und frech, voller spitzer, scharfer Ecken und Kanten, ohne verletzend zu sein. Das Mädchen hatte Persönlichkeit. Dann offenbart sich ihr magisches Talent und sie wird für ihre Ausbildung in den Kleinen Palast geschickt, wo sie sich in eine langweilige, schale, stereotype Version ihrer selbst verwandelt, in eine weitere, austauschbare YA-Heldin, die nichts hinterfragt. Ich war unglaublich enttäuscht. Im letzten Drittel von „Shadow and Bone“ erhält sie zwar etwas von ihrem Biss zurück, wird aber nie wieder die Alina, die mich zu Beginn beeindruckte. Das einzige, das mir während ihrer Ausbildungszeit gefiel, war die minutiöse Beschreibung des Erlebens ihrer Kräfte. Hier war Leigh Bardugo sehr explizit, was vermutlich daran liegt, dass ihr überraschend wissenschaftlich angehauchtes Magiesystem im Gegensatz zu ihrem Worldbuilding vollständig ist.


Die Vorliebe der Young Adult – Literatur für Trilogien ist Fluch und Segen zugleich. Einerseits erhalten Autor_innen mehr Raum, um Handlung, Charaktere und Setting überzeugend zu entwickeln, andererseits wird diese Möglichkeit leider viel zu selten genutzt. Ich habe das Gefühl, Universen werden nicht mehr vorbereitet, geplant und konstruiert, sondern impulsiv beim Schreiben zusammengeschustert. Nicht so wild, bleiben viele Fragen im ersten Band ungeklärt, es kommen ja noch zwei Folgebände. Nun, für mich ist das wild. Für mich ist das ein Makel, den ich nur schwer verzeihen kann, weil ich finde, dass zwar nicht alle Fragen im ersten Band einer Trilogie geklärt werden müssen, Autor_innen jedoch zumindest die Antworten kennen sollten. Dessen bin ich mir bei Leigh Bardugo nicht sicher. Deshalb kann ich „Shadow and Bone“ nicht höher als mit drei Sternen bewerten. Obwohl ich Spaß daran hatte, fühlte sich die Lektüre fragmentarisch an. Die „Grisha“-Trilogie erhält von mir noch eine Chance, doch sollte der zweite Band „Siege and Storm“ die Lücken nicht plausibel schließen, könnte ein Abschied ins Haus stehen.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/leigh-bardugo-shadow-and-bone
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