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review 2017-06-19 07:12
Der Auftakt macht neugierig
Matthew Corbett und die Hexe von Fount Royal - Band 1: historischer Thriller - Nicole Lischewski,Robert R. McCammon

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Geht eine Hexe in Carolina um? Das zumindest glauben die Bewohner der kleinen Stadt Fount Royal. Ihr Name ist Rachel Howarth, eine Fremde – wunderschön und mutig.

Der fahrende Friedensrichter Isaac Woodward und sein scharfsinniger Gerichtsdiener Matthew Corbett sollen ihr den Hexenprozess machen. Die Beweise sind erdrückend.

Es tobt tatsächlich ein Kampf zwischen Gott und Teufel, zwischen Gut und Böse in dieser Stadt, und selbst die Unschuldigen sind nicht länger sicher. Schon bald muss sich Matthew Corbett mit Herz und Hirn dem wahrhaftigen Bösen stellen, das in Fount Royal umgeht…

 

Meine Meinung 

Dieser erste Band einer voraussichtlich etwas längeren Reihe fiel mir dieses Jahr auf der Leipziger Buchmesse ins Auge. Ich hatte es vorab schon im Internet gesehen, aber live hat dieses Werk dann doch noch eine ganz andere Wirkung. Die Covergestaltung finde ich persönlich wirklich grandios und an dem Wort Hexe kam ich einfach nicht vorbei.

 

Wie der Titel schon aussagt, spielen die Hexe von Fount Royal und der junge Matthew Corbett hier eine besondere Rolle. Dies geht in dem Buch auf jeden Fall hervor. Aber man lernt hier auch einige andere Charaktere kennen, welche für die Geschichte nicht ganz unbedeutend sind. Dazu zähle ich zum Beispiel den Richter Isaac Woodward und auch das Oberhaupt der Gemeinde Fount Royal Robert Bidwell.

 

Besonders gefallen an diesem Buch hat mir der Einstieg. Hier konnte der Autor eine gewisse düstere und unvorhersehbare Atmosphäre erschaffen. Man wusste einfach nicht wohin diese Geschichte gehen wird und ich war sehr gespannt auf das erste Aufeinandertreffen mit der Hexe Rachel Howarth. Zeitlich befinden wir uns hier im Jahre 1699 und das Setting sind die Kolonien von Carolina in Amerika. Auch diese beiden Faktoren konnte Robert McCammon vor allem am Anfang des Buches sehr gut wiederspiegeln.

 

Nach einem Überfall in einem Wirtshaus erreichen der Richter Woodward und sein Gerichtsdiener Matthew Corbett endlich Fount Royal. Das Aufeinandertreffen mit der Hexe habe ich mir ganz anders vorgestellt, aber es war dennoch interessant die Anschuldigungen und das Wesen der Hexe selbst vor Augen geführt zu bekommen. Ganz eindeutig stellt sich die gesamte Gemeinde gegen die unerwünschte Fremde und fordert ihren zeitnahen Tod.

Der Richter und Corbett sind allerdings nach Fount Royal gekommen, um Rachel Howarth den Hexenprozess zu machen. Und um genau diesen handelt der erste Band der Reihe. Wie des Öfteren bei Prozessverhandlungen in Büchern geht es um verschiedene Zeugen, deren Aussagen und die daraus gezogenen Schlussfolgerungen der Bewohner und vor allem des Richters. Lediglich Matthew Corbett misstraut den Aussagen der Zeugen sehr schnell, denn als er selbst im Gefängnis landet, hört er die Geschichte der seltsamen Geschehnisse aus ihrem Mund.

 

Was geht in Fount Royal vor sich?

Wer ist Schuld an den Morden?

Ist es zu vermeiden, dass noch mehr Anwohner die Gemeinde vor Angst verlassen?

Wer ist diese Person, die stiehlt und die Hausbrände legt?

Und die große Frage: Wieso das alles?

 

Und genau diese Fragen sind es gewesen, die das Lesen für mich sehr angenehm gemacht haben. Unterschwellig war immer eine gewisse Spannung vorhanden, da der Autor den Leser animiert nachzudenken und sich selbst diese eben genannten Fragen zu stellen und eventuell schon Antworten zu finden. Antworten konnte ich noch gar keine finden, denn man merkt, dass dieser Band im Deutschen gesplittet wurde, das heißt wie viele Leser es von der „Game of Thrones Reihe“ kennen, gehört im Englischen noch ein zweiter Teil zu diesem Auftakt. Daher ein er unspektakuläres Ende, aber die Vorfreude auf den zweiten Band der Reihe steigt daher umso mehr.

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Wie oben betont, gehört für mich zu einem Hexenbuch eine gewisse Atmosphäre und Düsternis. Diese Stimmung konnte der Autor meiner Meinung nach lediglich am Anfang des Buches erschaffen. In der Mitte und am Ende fehlte es mir im Detail. Die Zeit und auch das Setting hätten da noch einiges in Petto gehabt.

 

Ein wenig ängstlich und auch skeptisch stehe ich der Verbindung zwischen Matthew und der Hexe entgegen. Ich bin sehr gespannt, in welche Richtung sich dies weiterentwickeln wird und vor allem, wie es mir in Bezug auf die Story gefallen wird.

 

Mein Fazit

Der erste Band einer Reihe um den Gerichtsdiener Matthew Corbett, der mich vor allem wegen den vielen offenen Fragen und die Geheimnisse in und um Fount Royal überzeugt zurücklässt. Bis auf ein paar nicht ganz zeitgenössische Wortspiele konnte mich der Autor mit seiner flüssig geschriebenen Geschichte neugierig auf die Fortsetzung machen.

 

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review 2017-06-08 02:46
More dragons...one can never have too many dragons!
McShayne's Dragon - Nicole Dennis

I have to admit I was little nervous going into this one. I've only read one other story by this author and it didn't go so well for me and truthfully if I'm going to write a review I want to write the fun stuff. I want to write the 'ohmygod! This book is so good you need to read it' or at the very least I want to write 'I really enjoyed this book it was well written. I liked the characters the world building was good'...ok, so I'm sure you get my point by now.

 

Anways, 'Ohmygod!!!! This was so good and not just because of the dragons but yeah, DRAGONS!!! I love dragons...just in case you've missed that little piece of news. I really, REALLY! enjoyed this one. It was a nice fantasy with just the right amounts of romance and conflict to keep me happy.

 

I liked both of the MCs. Morric is an elemental wizard and for generations his family has kept the balance between man and nature for both the crops that the local villagers grow and the forest outside their village. Morric is also the last of his line. He lives a quiet life and keeps to himself so needless to say he's a little surprised when he regains consciousness during a storm to find himself tied to a post overlooking the ocean...a post normally used by the villagers eve of the equinox to sacrifice virgins to the dragon...the dragon that Morric doesn't really believe in or at least he didn't until recently.

 

Xavier is the guardian of the dragon's keep or so he says. But when tempers flare and things heat up between Morric and Xavier things begin to unravel and Morric and Xavier realize that working together is the only way that they're going to resolve their issues and enable everyone to get what they want.

 

While there was only approximately 60ish pages in this story the author made use of every word to create a story that was bold, emotional, colorful and fast paced. There was a lot going on in this story but it was neither excessive nor angst ridden. The action kept the story moving and kept me reading. I really enjoyed 'McShayne's Dragon' and look forward to finding out what's next for Morric and Xavier.

 

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A copy of 'McShayne's Dragon' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-24 08:05
Release Blitz w/Review - Fighting For Redemption
Title: Fighting for Redemption
Series: The Elite: Book Four
Author: USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Sports Romance
Published: May 23, 2017
From USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton, the final book in The Elite Series.

Bad Boy Brett Hunter is on a downward spiral after a poor performance at the Rio Olympic Games. His sponsors are threatening to drop him and trouble seems to find him wherever he goes. He’s comfortable with his bad boy image, it’s what he deserves after what he’s done. The last thing he wants to do is change the public’s perception of him, but his agent tells him, change his image or lose his sponsors.

Cassandra Fielder doesn’t like working with diva athletes – she’s been there, done that and has the divorce decree to go with it. When she finds out her new client is Olympian Brett Hunter, for the first time in her career she wants to tell her boss no, unfortunately, saying no isn’t an option. What she isn’t prepared for is the unexpected attraction flaring between them. She has no plans to play on that particular field again. As she spends time with Brett, she begins to see there is more to him than what he shows the public. But why is he trying so hard to hang on to his bad boy image?

Being with Cassandra has Brett facing old foes and a past he is desperately trying to forget. When the truth comes out, a fledging love is put to the test. Can it survive or has trust been irrevocably shattered?
 
 
  
Fighting for Redemption (The Elite, #4)Fighting for Redemption by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in The Elite series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I always recommend reading series books in order.

Cassandra get told by her boss he is doing a favor for a friend, and she is recruited as the agent who will handle his client. When she meets Brett, she realizes there is an attraction there. Because of her past, she is wary about getting involved with another athlete.

Brett cannot believe the situation he has put himself in. He knows he can do better. Everyone is treating him like a child. Except Cassandra, she sends enough heat his way to make an oven. Can they build a future in the middle of cleaning up a mess?

The characters are just incredible to read. The sizzle and heat between them just leaps off the page. This series just gets better.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

 
 
 
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review 2017-05-24 04:16
Sparks
Fighting for Redemption (The Elite Book 4) - Nicole Flockton

This is book #4, in The Elite series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I always recommend reading series books in order.

 

Cassandra get told by her boss he is doing a favor for a friend, and she is recruited as the agent who will handle his client.  When she meets Brett, she realizes there is an attraction there.  Because of her past, she is wary about getting involved with another athlete.

 

Brett cannot believe the situation he has put himself in.  He knows he can do better.  Everyone is treating him like a child.  Except Cassandra, she sends enough heat his way to make an oven.  Can they build a future in the middle of cleaning up a mess?

 

The characters are just incredible to read.  The sizzle and heat between them just leaps off the page.  This series just gets better.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-05-16 08:03
Hold on
Lost Love: A Second Chance Romance (Only Him Series Book 2) - Casey C Nicole N Cleveland C

This is the 2nd book in the Only Him series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and clear of spoilers, I always recommend reading series stories in order intended.

 

Derek has come home to work out why he cannot move on with his love life.  When he left years ago, it was an impulse and he was racked with pain from rejection.  Coming back is either brave or stupid, but he needs to know.

 

Gio has no idea what to expect.  He has not seen Derek since that time so long ago.  He too, has been struggling with moving on.  Can they get it right this time?  Or is the pain of the past just the foreshadowing of the future?

 

These two so obviously belong together.  They can't even keep their hands or mouths to themselves!  It is a fine addition to the series.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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