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review 2018-01-23 23:11
Godsgrave: Nevernight Chronicles #2
Godsgrave: Book 2 of the Nevernight Chronicle - Jay Kristoff

If you've read Nevernight then you have an idea of what to expect from this book. (And if you haven't, then you should really go do that.) As with the first book, the language remains florid and snarky. As soon as I began reading I found myself grinning - it was so fun to revisit this particular voice. There's plenty of all the things you have come to expect from this series: blood, action, sex, sarcasm, sneaking through shadows, and intricate plans that always seem to have wrenches thrown into them. You know, assassin stuff. Then this book also surprised me by digging into new depths I didn't expect. Issues of slavery and social injustice. Examinations of sexual orientation and identity. Weighty stuff sandwiched in between the ill conceived plans and vengeance. It was a nice surprise.

 

The world and characters continue to be intriguing and well developed. If the first book had a dash of Hogwarts (as the initiates trained in the Red Church) then this one has a healthy dose of Hunger Games. The central focus of this book is on the gladiator arena, which makes for plenty of drama, battles, and high stakes. When the whole idea going in is for Mia to be the last one standing, and you start getting to know the other gladiators, well, it leads to pretty fertile emotional territory for both Mia and the reader. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because it has a bit of a middle book syndrome - it sets up a lot of threads for the conclusion of the trilogy, which makes the ending of this volume a bit less satisfying. I can't wait to read the third installment. This series has become a solid favorite.

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review 2018-01-23 22:35
Murder witches, ghosts, and existential angst
The Wicked Deep - Shea Ernshaw

Disclaimer: reviewing unedited digital proof via NetGalley.

 

Sometime in the 1800s or so in Sparrow, OR, three sisters were drowned for being witches (& seducing all the guys). Two centuries later, they still return every summer to possess three girls in town and drown boys in revenge.

 

The lighthouse keeper's daughter is still reeling after the disappearance (and presumed death) of her father. When a strange boy comes to town the day before the drowning season, she offers him a place to stay. That night, she dreams of the sea.

 

This is kind of a hard one to review without spoilers. It does some fascinating things with identity and perspective, and the twists are the kind you anticipate and dread as they creep up on you with slow inevitability. Rich worldbuilding conveys a sense of a smalltown/vacation town on the coast, the uneasy sea, and the tension of belonging and acceptance that becomes especially critical in such a close-knit community. Interesting things happening with sexuality/identity, though this comfortably enjoyable read tends to avoid looking at the ick factor of girls being possessed by the dead and sleeping with the boys in town while under the spell too closely. The story feels fresh, and the style or voice is immediate and engaging. Around midway through, it seemed like it was shaping up to be a romance. Keep in mind that tragedy, horror, and suspense are core to the story and settle in for the ride. As a whole, it feels like a quiet read with strong interiority, rather than a pacy thriller - but on the other hand, I inhaled it in like a day, so it definitely doesn't drag.

 

Spectacularly atmospheric and creeptastic new read that walks the line between dark fantasy and paranormal. It's a really great tone, more quiet and pensive, with a good helping of horror and historic fic snuck in there. You may or may not see the twists coming, but they carry weight regardless. Feels fresh and familiar at the same time. Definitely an author to watch.

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review 2018-01-23 22:13
Well that was totally delightful...
The Soldati Prince - Charlie Cochet,Juan Manuel Pombo

Riley works in a bakeshop and the most magical thing in his world is lemon cake...that is until the night he 's saved from zombie like creatures that spew black ooze by tiger-shifting Soldati warriors...one of whom might just be the Soldati king and Riley's mate...oh hell no!!! Neither of them are overly pleased with that little tidbit.

 

Once Khalon and his warriors realize that Riley is his mate they have no choice but to take him back with them...at least until they can find a way to make him safe from the demons and then they can wipe his memory and return him to his world where he belongs.

 

As Khalon and Riley travel to see the priestess and get their bond dissolved so that Riley can return home. They begin to spend time with each other, find out more about each other and inevitably neither of them can deny the pull of attraction that they are feeling for each other.

 

I loved listening to this one on audio and I have to admit as an audio story it worked really well for me. This was so much like having someone read me a story...hey, what can I say I came from a large family and bedtime stories were a very rare event so now here I am all grown up and once in a while it's nice to have someone tell me a story and this one...well this one was definitely an adult fairy tale and I loved it.

 

All that was missing to make this perfect was a...ok, I'm not going to say it...dragon!!! Come on you thought I wouldn't say it? But seriously tiger-shifters! They count for a lot...oh and foxlings...cute little foxlings so no dragons but lots of other awesomeness.

 

I really enjoyed this story but I think for me it would have been so much better if there'd been a bit more development in the romance department and maybe a bit more after things were resolved to show us more of Khalon and Riley together as a couple, but this is a series so hopefully that'll come with time, right?

 

Manuel Pombo was the narrator for this story and I really enjoyed listening to his narration of this story. Not only did he check off my basic 'things I like to hear in an audio book' list but he gave it that bit of extra that for me is the difference between a solid or good audio experience and a truly enjoyable audio experience.

 

For me this story was probably 3 maybe 3.5 stars while the audio took it to a solid 3.5 maybe even 4 stars for me. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what comes next in the world of 'The Soldati' and hopefully Mr. Pombo will be on board to tell me another story.

 

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An audio book of 'The Soldati Prince' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-01-23 18:29
Pheromon 1: Sie riechen dich - Rainer Wekwerth & Thariot
180122 Pheromon1b
Autoren: Rainer Wekwerth & ThariotTitel: Pheromon 1: Sie riechen dichReihe: PheromonGenre: Jugendbuch, Sci-FiVerlag: Planet, [16.01.2018]Kindle-Edition: 416 Seiten, ASIN: B076BW1BJTauch im TB- und HB-Format (ungekürzt) erschienenWhispersync for Voice verfügbarhier: gelesen auf dem Kindle PaperwhiteDank NetGalley.de ♥♥♥   klick zu Amazon.de

Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

Stell dir vor, du bist siebzehn Jahre alt. Du stehst vor dem Spiegel und entdeckst in deinen Augen einen goldenen Schimmer, der vorher nicht da war. Aber das ist nicht alles. Plötzlich kannst du die Gefühle der Menschen riechen, brauchst keine Brille mehr und löst die schwierigsten Matheaufgaben im Kopf.
Irgendwie cool.
Irgendwie verstörend.
Noch während du dich fragst, was mit dir los ist, beginnt ein Abenteuer ungeahnten Ausmaßes. Ein Kampf um das Schicksal der ganzen Welt – und du bist mittendrin.

Meine Meinung:

 

anders als erwartet

 

Der Blick auf das Cover und auch die Inhaltsangabe erinnern ein bisschen an Spiderman, ich vermutete also einen Jugendroman mit einem Helden, der durch seine ungeahnten Kräfte Leben rettet, eher fantasylastig.

 

Mysteriös geht es auch zu. In zwei Handlungssträngen auf zwei Zeitebenen, einmal 2018 und einmal 2118, geht es um dasselbe Problem, das aber erst nach und nach gelüftet wird und so ganz anders ist als erwartet. Protagonist in der Gegenwart ist Jake, ein 17jähriger Junge mit dem Herz auf dem rechten Fleck, in der Zukunft ist dies Travis, ein alter Arzt mit einem Alkoholproblem und einer Vorstrafe. So fällt es leicht, zu Jake Sympathie aufzubauen. Travis blieb für mich einige Zeit farblos.

 

Vieles ist am Ende nicht so, wie es anfangs scheint. Und wenn dies auch der erste Band einer Trilogie ist, so haben die Autoren der Story dennoch eine Art Abschluss beschert. Eine offene Frage gibt es natürlich dennoch. Ob sie in Band 2 beantwortet wird?

 

Mir hat das Buch gut gefallen, ein Pageturner war es jedoch für mich nicht. Und somit gebe ich 08/10 Punkte.

 

Zitat:“

"Und darum wirfst du auf mich. Wie viel Sekunden haben wir noch?” Jake spürte das Feuer in sich, er würde es schaffen. Alan brauchte den Ball bloß auf ihn zu werfen.
Der Moment, Pos. 48/4699, bei 1 %

180122 Pheromon1a

 

Pheromon 1: Sie riechen dich - Thariot,Rainer Wekwerth 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2018/01/gelesen-pheromon-1-sie-riechen-dich-r.html
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review 2018-01-23 16:35
Lily Blue, Blue Lily
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

The third book in the Raven cycle is just as good as the first two. Blue's mother has disappeared, looking for Blue's biological father, and Blue desperately wants to find her. Her friends try to help her. In the end they find more than they imagined and not all of it good. I like that there's always a proper ending in these books, with some closure but also a continuing story arc.

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