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review 2017-05-13 06:45
The Elementals
The Elementals - Francesca Lia Block

edit: After so careful thought and reading a few other reviews I decided to drop my rating. There is just too much wrong with this book, and "pretty words" can't fix it. As on review stated very well: "fucking weird". The author wrote about college like she hadn't ever set foot on a campus. You don't get bullied for wearing sweats in college. Most people wear sweats in college. And Ariel, the MC, hallucinates or dreams more than any healthy person. Any time her boyfriend comes on to her, she "goes to the otherland". Wtf does that even mean? I enjoyed reading this book, but I hated every character. I had no sympathy for any of them. The final climactic scene was a mess that was impossible to follow. And there was an epilogue like something out of a weird fairy tale. I quit. 



I'm too tired and in pain for a full review. Let's just break this down to the basics. The writing style was very pretty and fleshed out. But it had a few errors, like using the same word as both an adverb and adjective in the same sentence. That just makes things sound redundant. 


The story itself was...uh....weird. It was trying so hard to be deep, and it ended up being whacked out, like it was written by someone on LSD. The main character spent 200 pages crying and starving herself and wandering the streets looking for her missing friend. When she isn't weeping like a maniac, she's being a horrible human being to all around her or just being a total shut in that's never seen the outside world. The description of college life seemed more like high school, with the way the guys bully and torture the MC. Stuff happens that goes unexplained, a lot of her behavior is never addressed,  and even on the last page of the book, you are left feeling like maybe MC was high the whole time and the whole damn book was just a bad trip. Getting naked in a rose garden at night? Rolling in mud for strangers? Dancing on the beach with a bunch of strangers dressed as faeries? I really have no clue what I just read.


The mystery I had figured out by page 50. Not much of a mystery. All in all, fucking bizarre. But 3 stars because it was written so pretty. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-09 14:50
Maybe Not
Maybe not: Roman - Colleen Hoover,Kattrin Stier


  • Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
  • Verlag: dtv Verlagsgesellschaft (7. April 2017)
  • Sprache: Deutsch
  • ISBN-10: 3423717254
  • ISBN-13: 978-3423717250
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 16 Jahren
  • Originaltitel: Maybe not




Jetzt auch als Taschenbuch


Ein Mädchen als Mitbewohnerin in der WG? Nichts lieber als das, denkt Warren. Vor allem, wenn besagte Mitbewohnerin so überaus attraktiv und sexy ist wie Bridgette.


Doch Warren gegenüber verhält sich Bridgette kaltschnäuzig und abweisend. Offensichtlich hasst sie ihn aufs Blut … oder doch nicht? Was, wenn die Leidenschaft, mit der sie ihn verabscheut, eine ganz andere Leidenschaft verbirgt? Genau die plant Warren aus ihr herauszukitzeln. Ein gefährliches Spiel beginnt, bei dem Warren Gefahr läuft, sein Herz zu verlieren …


Meine Meinung:

Ich habe ja vor einiger Zeit Maybe Someday der Autorin gelesen und war daher sehr auf diese Zusatzgeschichte gespannt. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch vom dtv Verlag zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Der Schreibstil von Colleen Hoover war natürlich wieder total toll und das Buch sehr flüssig zu lesen. Da es ja auch nur eine kurze Geschichte ist, was ich natürlich schnell damit durch. 


Hier ging es um Warren, der in der WG mit Ridge (Hauptprotagonist aus Maybe Someday) wohnt. Dann lässt Ridge Bridgette in die WG einziehen und Warrens Gefühlsleben gerät durcheinander. Mehr möchte ich da jetzt gar nicht verraten. 


Die Charaktere Warren und Bridgette haben mir sehr gut gefallen, es hat Spaß gemacht, ihre Geschichte zu erfahren. Vor allem Warren fand ich sehr humorvoll und liebenswert.


Alles in allem hat mir diese Kurzgeschichte sehr gut gefallen. Was Kurzgeschichten ja leider an sich haben, sie sind einfach etwas kurz gehalten. Es hat mich aber gut unterhalten und ich gebe dem Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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review 2016-09-19 11:00
Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5) by Colleen Hoover Mini Review
Maybe Not: A Novella - Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Synopsis: Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.






This was definitely a change of pace to Maybe Someday and not as emotionally jarring. I loved Warren in Maybe Someday and this novella helped me understand why Bridgette is the way she is.


I love Warren's sense of humour and how perfect him and Bridgette are together. He’s the only one who could look past her mean comments and tear down her walls. Their witty banter was hilarious!


This was a really cute read that I finished in only a couple hours. I would have loved to have read a full novel of their story though!



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review 2016-09-15 02:57
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs

What did I learn about Tarzan?



He's a homicidal maniac. If you have something he likes, prepare to die.



He also loves to play "jokes" on others. Which usual scares the shit out of the neighboring tribes. Skulls appearing out of thin air and bodies falling from the sky are not jokes.

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review 2016-09-07 04:33
All The Bright Places
All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

I really have no clue what to think of this. As a person who doesn't remember a time she wasn't suicidal to some degree, I can sympathize with these characters. I also feel for Finch because his family is so bent on turning a blind eye to the obvious mental illness he suffers from. My mom never admitted I was sick. When I was in a bleak or black mood, she would always say "it's just part of being a woman. Get over it." I went years without help and nearly drowned in the emotional turmoil before I got help. The thing that bothered me about this was how much of a bad influence Finch was on Violet while also being a good influence. I just feel like some of his behavior was dangerous. But bless his heart, he needed help. This book is on the local school district's required reading for high school, but I think PARENTS need to read this. Read this and talk to your kids. And pay attention.

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