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review 2017-09-20 06:47
Rotkäppchen und der große, böse Wolf auf Rettungsmission
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Der zweite Band der „Lunar Chronicles“, „Scarlet“, spielt in Südfrankreich. Warum ausgerechnet Südfrankreich? Der Autorin Marissa Meyer wurde diese Frage oft gestellt. Südfrankreich verfügt über eine Besonderheit, die sie für sich nutzen wollte: einen historisch tief verwurzelten Glauben an Werwölfe. Es ist die Heimat der „Bestie des Gévaudan“, die zwischen 1764 und 1767 etwa 100 Menschen getötet haben soll. Bis heute ist nicht geklärt, was damals tatsächlich vorgefallen ist, doch die Bewohner_innen des Gévaudan waren fest überzeugt, dass sie von einem Loup Garou heimgesucht wurden – von einem Werwolf. Ein passenderes Setting für „Scarlet“ ist daher schwer vorstellbar. Schließlich handelt es sich um eine Variation des Märchens von „Rotkäppchen“ und dem großen, bösen Wolf.

 

Scarlet Benoit ist kurz davor, durchzudrehen. Ihre Großmutter ist seit über zwei Wochen spurlos verschwunden. Michelle Benoit mag exzentrisch sein, aber niemals würde sie ihre Enkelin und ihren kleinen Bauernhof im französischen Rieux ohne Nachricht verlassen. Scarlet ist überzeugt, dass ihr etwas zugestoßen ist. Verzweifelt klammert sie sich an jeden Strohhalm und lässt sich auf den zwielichtigen Straßenkämpfer Wolf ein, der behauptet, zu ahnen, wo ihre Großmutter festgehalten wird. Ohne zu wissen, ob sie Wolf trauen kann, begibt sie sich an seiner Seite auf eine halsbrecherische Rettungsmission, während sie pausenlos darüber nachgrübelt, warum ihre Großmutter entführt worden sein könnte. Hatte sie Geheimnisse vor Scarlet? Erst als die beiden der flüchtigen Cyborg Cinder begegnen, ergibt plötzlich alles einen Sinn…

 

Ich vergebe meine Sterne-Bewertungen nach Bauchgefühl. Manchmal kann ich an der Beurteilung, die mein Bauch im Alleingang vornimmt, intellektuell noch etwas drehen und ihn davon überzeugen, dass die Fakten eine andere Sprache sprechen, aber meistens ist er unbelehrbar und mir obliegt es, herauszufinden, warum er ein Buch so und nicht anders bewertet. Nach der Lektüre von „Scarlet“ bestand der Bauch auf eine 3-Sterne-Bewertung und schickte mir ein diffuses Gefühl von Enttäuschung. Es ist eindeutig, dass ich „Cinder“ besser fand – jetzt musste ich nur noch definieren, wieso. Leichter gesagt als getan. Ich grübelte lange. Erst dachte ich, die Enttäuschung stamme daher, dass ich keine solide Verbindung zur Protagonistin Scarlet aufbauen konnte. Ich finde sie seltsam flach charakterisiert, da ihr aufbrausendes Temperament die einzige Eigenschaft ist, die sie auszeichnet. Ich sah in ihr wenig Individualität und empfand sie als ernüchternd austauschbar. Ihr männlicher Gegenpart Wolf ist deutlich interessanter, weil ihm seine Unsicherheit auf die Stirn geschrieben steht und ich furchtbar neugierig war, welche Geheimnisse er hinter seiner distanzierten, verschlossenen Fassade verbirgt. Für mich war offensichtlich, dass Wolf kein normaler Mensch ist. Ich war entsetzt, wie blind Scarlet gegenüber seinen Eigenheiten ist. Sie vertraut ihm und entwickelt – typisch YA – innerhalb kürzester Zeit Gefühle für ihn, obwohl alles an Wolf nach einer gesunden Portion Skepsis schreit. Sie reist mit ihm durch die wunderschön atmosphärisch beschriebene Landschaft Südfrankreichs, ohne sein Verhalten anzuzweifeln. Ich glaube, Marissa Meyer wollte so die vertrauensvolle Naivität nachbilden, die Rotkäppchen dem großen, bösen Wolf entgegenbringt. Leider funktioniert diese Form von Beziehung nur im Märchen. In einem modernen Roman wirkt sie unrealistisch. Strukturell folgt „Scarlet“ grob dem Märchen, doch die idiosynkratischen Wiedererkennungsmerkmale fand ich, abgesehen von Scarlets feuerroten Haaren und ihrem roten Hoodie, weniger auffallend als im ersten Band. Der Großteil wurde mir erst nach der Lektüre bewusst. Vielleicht hatte Marissa Meyer nicht genügend Raum, um sie hervorstechend zu inszenieren, da sie zum ersten Mal intensiv mit Perspektivwechseln arbeitete. Ich war positiv überrascht, dass Cinder einen eigenen Handlungsstrang erhält, weil ich mit ihr besser zurechtkomme als mit Scarlet. Cinder gelingt es, aus dem Gefängnis zu flüchten, indem sie sich mit dem selbstbewussten, charmanten Kleinkriminellen Carswell Thorne verbündet, den ich trotz müheloser Sympathie kaum ernstnehmen konnte. Seine Rolle fungiert meiner Meinung nach ausschließlich als Gegenpol zu Cinders Schwermut; er ist der witzige Sidekick, dessen Aufgabe darin besteht, Situationen aufzulockern. Seine Figur ist nicht in sich selbst motiviert, sondern nur in seinem Verhältnis zu anderen Figuren. Ich fand ihn unecht und übertrieben.
All diese Kritikpunkte sind gute Gründe, „Scarlet“ lediglich mit 3 Sternen zu bewerten. Doch der Bauch war mit diesen Erklärungen noch nicht zufrieden. Er ließ mir keine Ruhe und zwang mich, tiefer zu graben. Ich grub und grub, bis ich endlich den Ursprung meiner sachten Enttäuschung freilegte: „Scarlet“ ist weniger originell als „Cinder“. Für mich enthält es zu wenig frische Ideen. Es unterscheidet sich kaum von einer popeligen YA-Dystopie aus der Durchschnittsecke und deshalb verdient es dem Bauch zufolge auch nur eine durchschnittliche Bewertung.

 

„Scarlet“ ist meiner Meinung nach schwächer als der Vorgänger „Cinder“. Trotz der respektvollen, angemessenen Verarbeitung des Märchens „Rotkäppchen“ büßt es durch die enge Anlehnung an genretypische Strukturen deutlich an Reiz ein. Das taffe Mädchen, der geheimnisvolle fremde Junge, Insta-Love und eine gefährliche Rettungsmission – sagt mir nicht, dass euch das nicht bekannt vorkommt. Leider lenken diese Elemente von der kreativen Gestaltung des futuristischen Universums ab, das Marissa Meyer im zweiten Band erfreulicherweise öffnet und erweitert. Ich bin gespannt, welche neuen Facetten ich im dritten Band „Cress“ erleben werde und wie Meyer die Jonglage mit drei Protagonistinnen meistert. Aschenputtel, Rotkäppchen und Rapunzel vereint – das verspricht, interessant zu werden.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/marissa-meyer-scarlet
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review 2017-07-21 00:00
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer DNF 49%
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review 2017-07-08 01:44
Winter
Winter - Marissa Meyer

Winter is the final installment of the Lunar Chronicles series. I'm so happy this final book didn't let me down. While I did feel it was a bit longer than it needed to be (lots of filler with repetitive information), I thought it was a satisfying ending to the story that remained true to the series as a whole. This book did get a bit more into the romances of the characters, but that was a bit expected. And it didn't really overshadow the 'defeat Lavana' plot -- but I think that also contributed to the extra length.

 

Overall I highly recommend this series if you're looking for a fun, feel-good story with strong female leads.

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text 2017-07-01 14:05
June 2017 Round-Up and Giveaway

 

I hope you all had a great month and enjoying your start of the summer. Hopefully everyone is enjoying new and exciting books or even older but still exciting books. 

While June went by fast, way to fast, it still turned out to be a great month.

Book-wise I got plenty of ARCS done, still working on some and waiting on others. But overall it was a great month . I have also been working on the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas.  I just started book 3 and so far I'm really enjoying the series.Okay, okay I'm LOVING it. I will post my reviews soon....... I'm hoping lol.

There is  a new Summer giveaway happening and I will add the copter at the bottom.

I don't have any real plans for July, except finish up some ARCS and continue with the Throne of Glass series. 

Here are some new releases for July, the list is from Goodreads. 

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter, Detecting Greed by Mikey Lee, Dark Water by Parker Bilal on July 11th.

July 18th

Kiss my Boots by Harper Sloan , In the Midnight Howl by Renee George and

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn.

July 25th

Lucky in Love by Kasie West, Wildfire by Ilona Andrews.

Finally here are my books for June, and as always buy-links can be found in the reviews that are linked. 

For those who are live in the USA , have a great, fun and save 4th  of July :) 

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

 

 

Meet Molly New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

 

 

 

 

4 ★

 

 


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

 

 

4 ½ ★

 

 


Dark Water by Parker Bilal

 

 

When an Englishman, Marcus Winslow, appears at Makana’s door one April morning, Makana does not realize that he will soon risk losing everything he has built for himself in Cairo. Winslow represents the British government–meaning the Secret Intelligence Service–and he has a special mission to offer, one that Makana cannot resist: Ayoub Hadari, a dangerous specialist in biochemical nerve agents, is on the run and asking for asylum. The only person who can bring him in is Makana–by Ayoub’s own request. Ayoub has gone underground in Istanbul and Makana, for the first time since arriving in Egypt, must travel abroad, to a city he doesn’t know. Can he trust Marcus Winslow? Or is something more sinister in the works? In this foreign city, Makana soon realizes that nothing is what it appears to be. Suddenly, his past is racing to catch up with him, and Makana becomes both hunter and hunted.

 

 

 

 

3 ★

 

 

 

 


One Grave at a Time  by Jeaniene Frost

 

 

 

 

How Do You Send A Killer to the Grave When He’s Already Dead? Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving – leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he take physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity – forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

 

 

 

4 ★

 

 


Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

 

 

 

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

 

 

 

 

5 ★

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-08 15:23
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived. But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

 

4 ½ ★

 

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time. I actually own all four books already and was just waiting to get the time to start it. I’m so glad that I finally got the time to start with Cinder. I really loved this book and everything about it. Loved the twist of a retelling of a fairytale, the characters, the world building and the writing style. I really enjoyed Cinder, she had a hard life already but she is making the best of it. And despite all the things happening to her and around her she still has a sense of humor and I love her sarcasm. I like that she is smart and thinks through stuff before she acts in it. Well most of the time anyways. Though I did figure out pretty quickly what is so special about Cinder but had to wait for conformation almost at the end of the book. But it was still great. I also enjoyed Kai and his humor. He was easy to get a along with and it was also easy to see that he wants change for the better but is put in a hard spot. I also felt bad for him a few times. The only thing that bothered me about him was his reaction at the end, but then again it was kind of understandable. I really liked both Peony and Iko. And that Cinder at least had a few people in her corner. Though not everything turns out great and we witness some heartbreak. Dr. Erland was pretty much out source for information and confirmation. While I enjoyed him I thought he held too much back yet and I really not sure if he can be trusted. I think we will see more of him later on in the series. I really disliked Adri and Pearl of course and hope they will get what they deserve in the end. And last but not least Queen Levina. She is truly evil and I think there is much more to her motives then we let to believe in this book and I can’t wait to see what it is. While she is purely evil I also kind of enjoyed her.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it had action, some light romance, while some was easy to guess other things came by surprise. We also get some humor all in a wonderful written world. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I rate this book

4 ½ ★

Some of my favorite quotes:

 

 

“Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating.”

 

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“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

 

 

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“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”

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“You could move to Europe." "You know, I've actually been considering that lately." Kai laughed again, the warmth returning to the sound. "If that's not a vote of confidence, I don't know what is.”

 

 

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"My sincerest condolences, Your Highness. In more ways than one, it seems.”

 

 

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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

 

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