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review 2017-08-26 19:33
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids - Meghan Daum,Meghan Daum,Meghan Daum

A little on the fence about this one. Some of the essays were fairly interesting, and the matter in general resonates with me anyway. However, I found the whole too similalr in terms of backgrounds (white, middle-class, not much variety here), and too often, when reading between the lines, most of the writers involved were of the 'I didn't have kids/didn't think about it when I had the chance, and now I'm glad of it'—not exactly 'I made a conscious decision not to have any children when I was 20' or 'I've always known I didn't want any.'

Although this may make me look shallow or callous, I don't care. I do relate much more to the few who openly made that very decision or at least 'knew'. I am the same kind of person who will start a relationship by immediately bringing the matter of 'just so that you know, I don't want kids and I won't change my mind'—because, let's face it, I'm nearing 40 and I'm not going to waste my time (nor my prospective partner's) with building a relationship based on the false assumption/delusion that 'they'll change their minds.' To quote Tim Kreider's essay in the book, 'people have a bottomless capacity to delude themselves that their partners will eventually change' (in other words: never assume they will).

So: interesting, but could've done with more diversity.
Hm. I should probably write an essay of my own about that someday. Never tried it, but it'd be an interesting exercise at the very least.

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review 2017-07-30 08:00
Sixteen
Sixteen - Jen Estes

Fifteen, the first book in the Dreamwalker Diaries, gave Ash a view of the future. Sixteen, the long awaited second book, will give her a view of the past. It's been six months, but the pain has remained as strong as before. Not knowing where to find relief, Ash settles for what must be the most stupid thing people have tried to (but try nevertheless), to go back in time in order to change the past!

However, before she can even start on this scheme she must be able to dreamwalk again, which ends her up doing community service for trying to buy drugs. And here Sixteen starts. All the characters from the original cast will make an appearance, but I won't go into the specifics in order to not spoil people who might want to read Fifteen first (which is what I would recommend).

Since it was about two years since I read Fifteen, I was a bit hazy on the details before I started Sixteen, and what surprised me most was how teenager-y it was. Of course Ash is just fifteen years old and when she's not fending of the demons, she is a normal teenager, but it somehow still took some getting used to it from my side. The story was still interesting, although it was a bit more of the same after a while. What I most certainly didn't like what the super sweet ending where

it turned out that Nadine was only such an annoying person because the Jumlin was near. I would have much preferred to see her being not a likable person, but still not evil. Now it made the whole, we shouldn't kill you stuff way too easy.

(spoiler show)


Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-02-09 08:57
Habe leider mehr erwartet, der Film gefiel mir besser
Sixteen Moons - Eine unsterbliche Liebe - Petra Koob-Pawis,Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia

Ich habe den Film schon mehrmals gesehen und fand ihn immer wieder toll. Während ich das Buch gelesen habe, sah ich ihn nochmal und war zum Teil verwirrt.

Es kommt wirklich selten vor, dass mir eine Verfilmung besser gefällt, vor allem, da diese im Gegensatz zu dem Buch ja sehr gekürzt zu sein scheint. In der Geschichte lesen wir teilweise unheimlich viele Szenen, die meiner Meinung nach weggelassen hätten können. Teilweise waren sie uninteressant und auch langatmig. Außerdem hat es mich gestört, dass einfach vieles anders war und wenn es nur die Beschreibungen waren. Zudem hatte ich das Gefühl, dass hier vieles verdreht war. Als wären die Szenen verwechselt sein. Dass sich Ethan und Lena in Gedanken unterhielten war mir auch neu, aber auch das verwirrte, denn manchmal musste ich deswegen Stellen 3x lesen und wusste immer noch nicht, wer das was gesagt hat.
 
Aber gut. Das Buch wird aus Ethans Sicht erzählt. Für mich ist das ziemlich ungewöhnlich, dass es aus einer männlichen Perspektive kommt.
Was mich aber am meisten stört. Eigentlich habe ich mich auf einen Fantasy Roman mit Liebesgeschichte gefreut. Aber das hier scheint dann eher Liebesgeschichte mit Fantasy Einheiten zu sein. Als Leser habe ich mich überhaupt nicht angesprochen gefühlt. Es wird alles irgendwie so hingenommen und sich weiterhin um Lena gesorgt.  Sprich: Als wäre es ganz normal, dass im Dorf Hexen rumlaufen.
Ich kann nicht genau sagen warum, aber ich wurde mit keine der Figuren richtig warm. Das fand ich sehr schade, vor allem habe ich mich auf das Buch gefreut.
 
Das Cover hingegen gefällt mir sehr. Ich liebe solche Cover und hätte es zigmal anfassen können. Außerdem ist es sehr schön gestaltet und passt zur Geschichte.
Der Schreibstil ist gut und flüssig, aber halt auch sehr einfach.
Ich werde die nächsten Teile wohl nicht lesen.
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review 2017-02-05 18:14
Sixteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries #2) by Jen Estes
Sixteen - Jen Estes
Sixteen continues approximately six months after Fifteen finished. Ashling is on community service for trying to buy sleeping pills, Tate and Nadette are still missing, and Ashling is still without her mum. She decides that if she can just find Dr Dietz, she will find a way to dreamwalk again, so that she can save her mum from dying. She finds Dr Dietz, plus a whole more than she ever imagined. She does manage to dreamwalk again, but to a different time and place than she wanted. Walker Smith is still a horrible character, he still treats Skylar as not being worthy of him (for reasons she still doesn't know about). 
 
Numerous twists and turns keep this story interesting. With new characters, old favourites, and old ones who become new, there is something here for everyone. I love that we meet Coop in this one and, although I understand the reasoning behind it, I'm not too happy with the hinting of a love triangle between Coop, Caleb, and Ash. That's just me, I don't like triangles, never have, and probably never will. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out, and now I just have to wait as patiently as possible for the next book to come out. 
 
Extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, Sixteen continues to impress with the fresh ideas and circumstances detailed within its pages. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@jenestesdotcom, @CuriosityQuills, #Science_Fiction, #Dystopian, #Young_Adult, #Time_Travel, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Sixteen
Sixteen - Jen Estes 3rd February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Haven't read the first book yet (this is book two), but the premise of a teenager having to consider her thirty-year-old self intrigues me. Not sure if this is explored in Sixteen, too.
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