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review 2017-09-25 18:08
Dreamfever / Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.

 

A perfect Friday night read, glass of wine in hand, needing something fluffy & easy after the work week.

Mac gets rescued, overcomes obstacles, and progresses as a human being. I love her bond with Dani, the teenage rebel. And I’m always ready for some revenge!

However, I am weary of the cliff hanger endings.

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review 2017-09-19 04:21
Review: All I Want for Halloween by Marie Harte
All I Want for Halloween - Marie Harte

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

All I Want for Halloween is anything but ordinary thanks to its unique characters. I love heroines in particular who break the mold and Marie Harte definitely delivered with Sadie. Sadie is a breath of fresh air. She’s blunt, often cranky, has no patience for BS, and isn’t exactly what you’d call a people person. I loved that she is confident and outspoken and I honestly just plain liked her. She was hurt in the past pretty badly and I was rooting for those walls around her heart to come down. Gear is her perfect match. He’s equally blunt and grouchy and has also been burned in the past by people he trusted. Nevertheless, he falls fast and hard for Sadie and doesn’t give up even when she’s wary of trusting him with her heart. I loved that these two wonderfully flawed characters actually like things about one another that others might not. Their romance is not only seriously hot, it’s fun.

The road to happily ever after isn’t always a smooth ride for Sadie and Gear, but luckily for them they both have family on hand to support them when the going gets tough. Neither the Liberato nor the Blackstone clan is your average family, and I adored that about them. The entire cast (discounting evil exes and backstabbing former best friends) is irreverent, good-hearted, and charmed the heck out of me. I liked them all so much that I hated to say good-bye at the end of the book; I really hope Ms. Harte has stories in store for Sadie and Gear’s siblings (especially if the attraction between their brothers turns into something more). All I Want for Halloween is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Harte and it’s a total treat. I can’t wait to read more of her work.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-all-i-want-for-halloween-by.html
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review 2017-09-18 17:22
A 19th Century True Renaissance Woman
Portrait of Young Genius: The Mind and A... Portrait of Young Genius: The Mind and Art of Marie Bashkirtseff (Vernon Series on the History of Art) - Joel L Schiff

Marie Bashkirtseff was no ordinary 19th century woman. Her aristocratic Ukrainian family moved to Paris, where she was privately tutored and blossomed into a young woman who spoke many languages, played numerous musical instruments, and longed for a stage career, but turned her hand to painting. She soon began exhibiting her work at the notable annual Paris Salon, the premier venue for artists.

 

As if this weren't enough, she was also a philosopher and writer, and her journal of some 20,000 pages has been pared down here to supplement Joel L. Schiff's survey of her amazing artistic prowess in Portrait of a Young Genius: The Mind and Art of Marie Bashkirtseff.

 

With such a palette of genius to choose from as far as what to profile, it must have been a real challenge to adequately represent Marie Bashkirtseff's many abilities in the confines of a single book. How many others dream of founding an art school for women (just one limitation of her sex that she railed against) in the 1800s, for just one example?

 

One doesn't expect fierce rivalries to enter the portrait of a woman of these times, but this, too, reflects Marie's abilities, fiery personality, and determination, fueling a biography that traces more than her genius alone and placing it in historical, social, and psychological perspective.

 

Given these disparate facets, it would have been impossible to adequately represent Marie's world through standard biographical third-person exploration; which is why Schiff adopts an unusual mode of presentation: he begins with the usual biographical survey of her life, but then allows her own voice to speak in a second section which profiles a single journal excerpt (in English translation from the original French) on each left-hand page, juxtaposed with one of her art pieces on its facing page. (It should also be noted that vintage photos and illustrations pepper the rest of the survey, as well, adding visual emphasis to an outstanding woman's world.)

 

While Portrait of a Young Genius will undoubtedly find a place in artists’ collections, it would be a shame to see its audience limited to artists alone. Women's history holdings, especially those strong in biographical portraits of extraordinary individuals whose stories have largely been lost over time, will find Portrait of a Young Genius a 'must have' addition, not only capturing this young woman's life, but synthesizing its meaning with a sense of her times and the limitations imposed upon women. 

 

Portrait of a Young Genius is very, very highly recommended for its multi-faceted approach and wide-ranging discussions, designed to keep readers immersed to the end and involved in the life of a woman they likely have never heard of before, but will come to intimately know and deeply admire.

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text 2017-09-15 21:56
Empfehlenswert
Ich soll nicht lügen: Psychothriller - S... Ich soll nicht lügen: Psychothriller - Sarah J. Naughton,Marie Rahn

Inhalt:
Zwei Frauen umkreisen einander in einem Netz aus Lügen. Wer ist Täter, wer ist Opfer? »Er war die Liebe meines Lebens.« »Warum wusste ich nicht, dass mein Bruder verlobt ist?« »Er war depressiv und wollte sich umbringen.« »Mein Bruder hatte keine Depressionen.« »Er ist einfach gesprungen.« »Und wenn ihn jemand gestoßen hat?« »Ich bin die Liebe seines Lebens.« »Bist du seine Mörderin?«

Mags' Bruder Abe liegt im Koma. Er ist von einer Treppe zwölf Meter in die Tiefe gestürzt. Die Polizei glaubt seiner Verlobten Jody, dass es ein Selbstmordversuch war. Mags glaubt ihr nicht. Sie ist sicher, dass Jody lügt. Aber warum? Psychologisch raffinierte Spannung für die Fans von "Girl on the Train" und "Die Witwe".

Mein Fazit:
Das ganze Buch hindurch steht eine berechtigte Frage im Vordergrund "Wer sagt die Warheit".
Die Autorin hat ein Konstrukt entworfen, in dem man als Leser gefangen ist und nicht mehr aussieht - man ist richtig an das Buch gefesselt.
Der Thriller enthält viele psychologische Aspekte, die für mich zu einem Thriller einfach dazugehören. Ein toller Thriller - für den fünften Stern hätte er aber noch ein gewisses "Extra" gebraucht.

An Thrillerfans kann ich das Buch absolut empfehlen.

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review 2017-09-14 20:17
Lighthearted and Engaging
Black Tie Optional - Ann Marie Walker

I always go into a RomCom with a bit of trepidation, waiting to see if it's going to actually be funny. Happily, I was pleasantly surprised with this fake marriage romance. While the conclusion is predictable (it is a fake romance, after all), the journey was witty and fun. Cole and Olivia create fireworks, both in and out of the bedroom. Their sexual chemistry is almost palpable, but outside the bedroom, they couldn't be more different. I couldn't stop laughing as this pair drove each other crazy. From their Vegas wedding to them finally realizing that they maybe aren't so wrong for each other, the whole story was engaging and kept me turning pages. The tale does have a touch of sadness, and of course, a small bit of angst, but the absolutely hilarious situations throughout kept it lighthearted.I can easily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys the genre. 

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