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review 2018-01-15 16:04
Frostige Weihnachtszeit
Am Anfang war der Frost: Roman - Delphine Bertholon

Weihnachten 2010. Nathan kommt mit seinen Kindern nachhause, wo er mit Mutter und Schwester gemeinsam Weihnachten verbringt. Unvermutet steht sein verschwundener Vater vor der Tür und mysteriöse Geschehnisse gehen in dem idyllisch anmutenden Familienhaus vor.

„Am Anfang war der Frost“ ist ein düsterer Familienroman, der sich mit Liebe, Verlust, dem Loslassen und der damit verbundenen Trauer auseinandersetzt. 

Nathan kommt an Weihnachten mit seinen beiden Kindern heim, um mit seiner Schwester und der Mutter die Feiertage zu verbringen. Doch die Stimmung ist alles andere als feierlich, als er erfährt, dass sein Vater kürzlich vor der Tür gestanden ist. Der Mann, der seine Familie vor 30 Jahren Hals über Kopf verlassen hat. 

Der Roman ist in zwei Erzählstränge unterteilt. Einerseits befindet man sich mit Nathan im Jahr 2010, wo er dieses irritierend-nüchterne Weihnachten mit seiner Familie verbringt. Seine Mutter ist kühl, die Schwester noch kälter und seine Kinder machen ihm durch mysteriöse Bemerkungen ein wenig Angst. Dann erscheint der längst verschollene Vater am Parkett, wodurch die Situation noch angespannter wird.

Nathan hat das Leben nicht besonders gut mitgespielt. Er hat sich schon immer allein gefühlt, als ob ihm von Anfang etwas gefehlt hätte. Als junger Witwer vermisst er seine Frau und gibt sich ganz der Erziehung seiner Kinder - der Zwillinge - hin. 

Besonders Nathans Geschichte hat mich berührt, weil man merkt, wie verloren er eigentlich ist. Es halten ihn einzig seine Kinder am Leben, ansonsten gibt es nur die Erinnerung an die wenigen Jahre mit seiner Frau. 

Der zweite Erzählstrang beschäftigt sich mit Grâce Batailles Tagebuch, worin sie ihr Leben festhält. Auf den ersten Blick ist es wunderbar, wären da nur nicht anfängliche Spuren des Alters in ihrem Gesicht, der Ehemann, der immer auf Reisen ist, und dieses Au-Pair-Mädchen, mit dem naiv-unschuldigem Blick. 

Diese Grâce im Jahr 1981 ist wütend, sie ist frustriert und ihre Verzweiflung lässt sich auf allen Seiten spüren. Dennoch schafft sie es nach Außen stoische Ruhe zu bewahren und gibt sich demonstrativ würdevoll. 

Trotz der angemessenen Beschaulichkeit geht ein eiskalter Schauer durch die gesamte Erzählung. Man ist Geheimnissen auf der Spur, fühlt, etwas Unaussprechliches zwischen den Zeilen, ist vom Schicksal der Familie irritiert und berührt zugleich, und ahnt, dass man langsam hinter die Fassade blickt.

Die Handlung an sich ist ein familiäres Drama, das trotz des ruhigen, nüchternen Erzählstils für ordentlich Furore sorgt. Es ist aufwühlend und - auch wenn es kein Krimi ist - schon fast ein roman noir, der durch eine dunkle Note besticht. 

Meiner Meinung nach ist es ein fesselnder Familienroman, der durch die drückende Stimmung, den ruhigen Stil und die Wucht der Ereignisse beeindrucken kann. Obwohl das Geschehen eher gedämpft vonstatten geht, brodelt es unter der Oberfläche bis es am Ende in seinem gesamten Umfang greifbar ist. 

Wer gern Familiengeschichten liest und es auch mal eher düster mag, wird in „Am Anfang war der Frost“ eine ideale Weihnachts- bzw. Winterlektüre finden. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-01-11 02:13
The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
The Brightest Embers - Jeaniene Frost

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

My feelings are a little mixed on this book. I liked it but it didn't wow me in any way. This is the third book in the Broken Destiny series which really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the events of the previous installments. I thought that this book brought the series to a satisfactory conclusion and was a fairly quick listen.

Ivy and Adrian continue their quest for the hallowed weapons that they began at the start of the series. They need to find the spear before anyone else can get their hands on it. The problem is that should Ivy decide to use the item it will most likely kill her. Ivy wants to do what is right and Adrian wants to protect Ivy. Can they both achieve their goals?

Ivy got on my nerves in this installment a little more than I remember from previous books. At times, it seemed that she was just trying to create drama. In the last installment, Adrian and Ivy were in a good place in their relationship but of course that can't last. It just seemed like unnecessary drama to me. She also had such a hard time figuring out something that was painfully obvious to me that I had begun to doubt her intelligence. She didn't drive me crazy throughout the whole book. There were times that she seemed really strong and willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. It is just that when she annoyed me in this books she really annoyed me.

I thought that this book did some things really well. There were a few surprising revelations that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed the scenes with Brutus in the book. He became my favorite character in the series because of a few of the scenes in this book. I did feel that the ending of this story was a bit rushed and would have liked to see just a bit more to really help wrap the series up. 

Tavia Gilbert did a great job with the narration in this book. She handles a variety of characters very well along with a wide range of emotions. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to and I found myself able to stay focused on the story for hours at a time. I would not hesitate to recommend her narration.

In the end, I thought this was a decent trilogy and I am glad that I read it. I do prefer Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series but found this trilogy to be interesting and unique. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.

Initial Thoughts
I don't know 3 stars? 4 stars? Somewhere in there, I guess. I liked the book but found that Ivy got on my nerves more than I would have liked. She also had a hard time figuring out something that seemed pretty obvious to me. I thought that the ending was a bit rushed and would have liked a bit more to wrap things up. I really enjoyed Brutus in this book. The narration was very well done and it was a pretty quick listen.

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review 2017-12-28 15:36
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was another great installments in an excellent series. I have been working my way through an audio re-read of this amazing series over the course of this year. It surprises me how much I am enjoying this series during my re-read. This book isn't one of my favorites in the series but it was really good. I wanted to listen to this book for hours at a time because I wanted to stay with Mercy and the gang and make sure that everything would work out for them. 

This book opens with Mercy and Jesse doing some black Friday shopping. Mercy gets into a small traffic accident while they were out which really shouldn't have been a big deal. They realize that there is a problem when they can't reach Adam or any other member of the pack when they call for a ride home. The entire pack has been abducted. 

Mercy is such a strong character and great leader. She takes her role as Adam's mate seriously and works to keep everyone she safe. There is quite a bit of excitement as she works to protect the few connected to the pack that were not taken. She is able communicate with Adam through her mate bond so she isn't completely unaware of things that are happening.

I really enjoyed spending time with some of my favorite characters. Mercy was incredibly brave and smart in this story. She is willing to sacrifice her own safety to keep others safe when needed. Adam was fierce at times but such a great leader and protector. I do wish that Mercy and Adam hadn't been separated so much during this story. I really enjoyed the focus on Ben, Tad, and Asil in this book since they are characters that we don't always see a lot of. 

Once again Lorelei King does a fantastic job with the narration. There were a few sections of this book that were told from Adam's point of view and I thought she did a great job with those. She really does bring Mercy to life. There is so much emotion that really comes through in her narration. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators and I look forward to listening to more of her work soon.

I would highly recommend this series to others. This is my second time experiencing this book but it will not be my last. It is simply wonderful to find a series of books that you know you will enjoy no matter how many times you read them. I can't wait to listen to the next book very soon.

Initial Thoughts
Another great installment in the series. The story was good and the narration was excellent. 

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2017-12-19 22:22
Fun Read!
Java Frost (Cupid's Coffeeshop Book 1) - Courtney Hunt

Java Frost by Courtney Hunt is a fun, fast-moving book.  Ms. Hunt has given us a book that is well-written and a smooth read.  I love the characters and humor in this story.  Joe, Zooey and Patrick are challenged to reopen Cupid's Coffeeshop and make it profitable within a year.  They are not the main characters in the story though.  Amy Lane is a customer at the store and used to babysit Zooey when she was younger.  Amy is a school teacher and meets her student Livvy's father at the coffee shop.  Their story is fun, filled with humor, a little drama and spice.  I enjoyed reading Java Frost and look forward to reading more from Courtney Hunt in the future.  Java Frost is book 1 of the Cupid's Coffeeshop Series and can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.

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text 2017-12-15 17:31
The Bite Before Christmas by Jeaniene Frost $1.99
The Bite Before Christmas - Lynsay Sands,Jeaniene Frost

With The Bite Before ChristmasNew York Times bestsellers Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost—two of the hottest names in paranormal romance—team up for the first time to bring lucky readers a holiday anthology…with teeth! Here are delightful brand new stories featuring familiar faces from their enormously popular Argeneau family and Night Huntress series. Lynsay and Jeaniene’s legion of loyal fans will flock to these unforgettable novellas celebrating the dreams and desires of immortals at Yuletide. Better than a midnight visit from Santa Claus, The Bite Before Christmas proves that nobody does sexy vampires better than Sands and Frost.

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