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review 2016-06-08 11:21
Viel verschenktes Potenzial
Du und ich? Ohne mich! - Kristi Cook,Christa Prummer-Lehmair,Heide Horn,Sonja Schuhmacher

Originaltitel: Magnolia
Verlag:           cbj
Format:         Taschenbuch, EBook
Umfang:        288 Seiten
Erschienen:  08.02.2016

Romeo und Julia hatten ein schweres Los mit ihren aufs Blut verfeindeten Familien. Aber andersherum ist es auch nicht einfach: Die Eltern von Ryder und Jemma verstehen sich großartig, seit Generationen sind die Familien befreundet. Und ihre Sprösslinge scheinen wie füreinander geschaffen. Finden ihre Eltern. Ryder und Jemma sind allerdings ganz anderer Meinung. Die beiden können sich nicht ausstehen und versuchen verzweifelt, den Kuppelversuchen der Eltern zu entgehen. Insofern ist es eine doppelte Katastrophe, als ein Hurrikan die beiden von der Außenwelt abtrennt …
(Quelle: randomhouse.de)

Meine Meinung:
Ryder  und Jemma wären ein Traumpaar - wenn es nach ihren Eltern ginge. Doch Ryder und Jemma sind Teenager und was machen diese? Genau! auf keinen Fall das, was sich ihre Eltern wünschen.

Du & Ich? ist eine nette Teenager-Romanze der auf der aktuelle Drama-Welle mit schwimmen möchte. Dabei verschießt sie leider viel Potential und landet in der Mittelmäßigkeit. Das fängt schon bei den Protagonisten an - Ryder ist natürlich der Star-Quaterback und Jemma Cheerleaderin. Als sich Jemma endlich bei ihren Eltern zwecks Berufswunsch und Traum-Uni durchzusetzen versucht, zerstört ein Familiendrama ihre Familie. Und ganz brav zieht Jemma sich zurück. Dann gibt es den obligatorischen  Todesfall, der jedes aufkeimende Gefühl im Keim zu ersticken droht und das dasTraumpaar scheinbar für immer trennt. Am Ende kommt ein zäher Anfang auf einen sehr gut gelungenen Mittelteil und einem übertrieben kitschigen Abschluss. Die Autorin ist mit dieser Geschichte zu sehr auf Nummer sicher gegangen. Es fehlt ein Highlight, ein i-Tüpfelchen - das die Geschichte hervorhebt.

Fazit: Schade. Die Autorin ist mit dieser Geschichte zu sehr auf Nummer sicher gegangen. Es fehlt ein Highlight, ein i-Tüpfelchen - das die Geschichte hervorhebt. Hier wurde viel Potenzial verschenkt.

Source: schnuffelchensbuecher.blogspot.de/2016/03/kristi-cook-du-ich-ohne-mich.html
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text 2015-08-29 22:38
A Midnight Clear by Kristi Astor Free!
A Midnight Clear (Edwardian Nights Book 1) - Kristina Cook,Kristi Astor

While sailing aboard the RMS Mauretania, American painter Troy Davenport met his muse--only, he has no idea who she is until he sees a clipping in the society page and learns that the woman who has haunted his dreams is none other than Miss Miranda Granger of Surrey. Learning that she will be spending the Christmas holidays at the spectacular seaside resort, the Grandview Hotel, he hastens there himself, hoping to paint her. 

Miranda Granger has escaped to the Grandview Hotel hoping to forget the memories of her scandalous past. But when she crosses paths with the handsome, mysterious painter she met by moonlight on the ocean liner's second-class deck, she fears she is doomed to repeat her past mistakes. She agrees to let him paint her, but that only stokes the fire that threatens to consume them both. 

Sweeping passions bring them together, but secrets and lies tear them apart. Can a Christmas miracle can save their love and reunite them, once and for all?

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review 2015-01-28 18:53
Maybe with a different set of characters or a different set of plot devices, I would have loved this reverse Romeo and Juliet set-up to bits
Magnolia - Kristi Cook

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

I've had a lengthy debate with myself whether to give this 2 stars or 3. Ultimately, I've decided on 3 but I refused to post my review during the tour. Because although I've enjoyed reading Magnolia, I found a lot of things I didn't quite like. The most superficial thing I didn't like is the cover. Now, don't get me wrong, the cover is actually cute and very apt, given that this is a Southern romance with a hurricane involved. All those dark clouds are very foreboding in nature. Really, I just don't like that the guy looks like Liam Hemsworth. Haha!

I like the reverse Romeo and Juliet plot and the forced close proximity trope used during the hurricane. Close proximity, even if it's a cheap trick, never fails to bring a smile on my face. However, I find Ryder a bit of a flat character and Jemma kind of superficial? I mean, sure, Jemma's cool, what with her being the best shot (as in target shooting) in Magnolia Branch, but meh, I just couldn't place myself in the characters' shoes and see what they like about each other. Ryder's hot, Jemma's beautiful, both have their own strengths (Ryder in school and Jemma in film). But nothing. I got giddy at times because they were all alone in Jemma's house during a hurricane but in general, I wasn't down with the pairing. There were hot scenes too, MEHEHE, so that is appreciated, thank you very much. Then I wasn't a fan of the randomness of the events in the novel too. SPOILER ALERT: What the heck? Why did Patrick have to die? We get a death scare with Nana's disease and I thought she'd die to give depth to the novel but then Patrick died without so much as a footenote. I don't get it. It just felt so out of field and the way they dealt with his death was very fleeting and simple. It was like, let's kill Patrick off so Jemma and Ryder can ride off into the sunset. Whuuuuttt??? That was really random and blase. END OF SPOILER

So while I enjoyed reading it for all the shenanigans and the teen rebellion where they could get it (Jemma and Ryder sneaking out because they don't want to give their families the satisfaction of seeing them together), I wasn't convinced with the romance and the story. This was just a bit over-the-top to me. Maybe with a different set of characters or a different set of plot devices, I would have loved this reverse Romeo and Juliet set-up to bits.

Source: oopsireadabookagain.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-magnolia-by-kristi-cook.html
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review 2014-08-10 05:43
If The Swan Princess and Twister Had a Baby
Magnolia - Kristi Cook


Disclaimer: I live about ninety minutes from the Galveston which means I’ve had dealt with my fair share of tropical storms and hurricanes. That means some of the mellow drama that is in Magnolia does not fly with me.





That being said, despite the severe amount of melodrama, eye rolling, and cringing I did enjoy Magnolia.



I think what made Magnolia work more than not work for me was the formula.


Shocking, I know. But despite the ridiculousness of the situation Cook uses the formula well.  For one thing, her characters are pretty well formed.  This is better than most disaster stories out there (see any movie directed by Roland Emmerich). Still though…when I closed Magnolia  I felt a little bit manipulated.



Let’s talk about the good first.  As I said, the characters were pretty well formed.  They have backstory and I was able to tolerate Jemma throughout most of her narrative.


As far as love interests go, Ryder’s not that bad.  There’s several mind candy moments and he wasn’t that big of a bonehead.  Really, it was Jemma who had the bonehead moments.



The side characters were alright for the most part too.  The one character I did have a problem with was the quasi love interest Patrick.



He’s almost like a bad PSA.  I don’t want to go into too spoilery of details, but let’s just say I really wish Cook would’ve handled this subject matter in a more realistic manner instead of demonizing it and giving you a big after school lesson.





God, not everyone who…



Yeah, not going to go there for spoiler purposes.



Let’s just say the way she hammed up this particular character defect of Patrick’s was just how the whole hurricane plot was handled.



Let’s start with the school evacuation.  That would so not happen.  When hurricanes Ike and Rita hit my area, let’s just say we were out of school way before the hurricane even hit.  Actually, it was sort of ridiculous just how early we released.  There is no way that a school would be open the day the storm hit.



What else was ridiculous?  The whole handling of the storm.



There were some parts I thought were handled really well, but there were other parts that made me just want to hit something.  For instance, I wanted to see more storm prep.  It seemed like these two kids had no problems buying bottled water and bread-note, never go to Wal-Mart that’s in your town two days before a storm hits.  You’re likely to lose a limb or something.



Trust me, I’ve been there.



Also, trying to get in and out of your neighborhood might be next impossible.  Okay, these guys might not have to deal with that since they don’t live in the fourth largest city full of paranoid people who watched one too many CNN reports about Katrina but still.


I couldn’t get out of my neighborhood during Hurricane Rita.



Ike, where it actually hit us, I didn’t have that much of a problem.  Instead, I didn’t have a room since I we let one of my sister’s friends crash with us.






Also, why didn’t these two kids complain about the horrible heat and all the mosquitos that happen during the aftermath of a hurricane when you don’t have power and you can’t do anything because your cell phone is dead.


Digressing again.



I think the point, I’m trying to make is that I thought that a lot of the storm scenes were romanticized.  And you can argue all you want whether that this was needed or not to make a decent book.  But I’m going to give myself one more ranting point: I get that Jeema’s sister was undergoing critical surgery but who the hell leaves their teenage daughter in the hands of a teenage boy?



Just saying.



Other than that, I really did enjoy this book.  The romance really reminded me of The Swan Princess-which if you haven’t seen is a lovely movie if a bit hokey. And it’s set up is one of my favorite romance cliches to go off on, so that was a point in Magnolia’s favor.





The deep South was also handled in an unoffensive way so point there too.


If you like  sweet contemporary romances, I’d recommend giving this one a try.  Buying it is not going to make you hate yourself.  It’s a comfort read.  However, it’s not my favorite contemporary.



Overall Rating: B.


Source: howdyyal.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/if-swan-princess-and-twister-had-a-baby-magnolia-by-kristi-cook
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review 2014-08-10 00:00
Magnolia - Kristi Cook The book grabbed me because of the Romeo and Juliet retelling part. Now while indeed you can see the references, I would rather called it inverted Romeo and Juliet or Romeo and Juliet with a twist. Instead of having parents/family who hate each other, we got 2 families/2 parents couples who love each other and are trying (too hard it seems) to get their 2 kids together and let them get married.

That was one of the problems I had with the book (though it wasn't a big problem), I just didn't like all the pushiness of the parents, especially the moms. Guys, we aren't living in whatever age it was when you still coupled your kids. Just leave them alone and let nature/love do its things.

Other than that, the characters were lovely. I loved Jemma, and while it took me a while, I also started loving Ryder. Jemma was awesome, with her gun, her smarts and her wits. Though I didn't like how at times she acted like a little spoiled brat, but luckily those don't take long and you will love her again.

I loved the accents (wish I could hear them in real life), and I really liked the descriptions of her town and her place, I just felt like I was there.

My favourite part would be the storm part, so much was happening. We got confessions, scary darkness, tornadoes touching down, and some romantic stuff. I just wished the storm would never stop. Sadly it did, but luckily the next part was just as good. I loved Ryder and Jemma's plans and their sneaking around.

All in all it was a lovely book and I would recommend it.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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