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review 2018-05-21 21:29
Review: True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling
True North - L.E. Sterling

It’s not you…it’s your DNA. Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure. While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning. As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley  and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

1 ½ ★

 

I really was hoping this series would get better but sadly I thought it got worse.

While in book one we still got some plot , this book most of it felt forced and as pages fillers. I couldn’t really connect to the story at all this book.

Lucy was just TSTL the entire book, and really it seemed like she kept thinking she is ever so smart and trying to outsmart people when she really was just dumb.  And that was her without having  Price around and with him. Omg there are no words.

If that is even possible he as even a bigger a$$ in this book and I didn’t think there was anything sexy about him. He was just creepy, controlling and over all a jacka$$.

I had to force myself to finish it which wad sad because I really wanted to like this series.

I rated it at 1 ½ ★ and with hat will not continue with the series.

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/05/21/review-true-north-true-born-trilogy-2-by-l-e-sterling
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review 2018-05-21 21:18
Review: True Born (True Born Trilogy #1) by L.E. Sterling
True Born - L.E. Sterling

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair. The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared… And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are. When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters? As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

2 ½ ★

 

This was one of those books that I really wanted to love because it sounded different and great. In the end I wasn’t really sure if I like it or not. I liked the idea of the book and thought it would have been really great but just needed a bit more polishing up . I thought it was missing some world building because there is not much , we sorta just get thrown in and that’s it. Not much background or other explaining and it just felt a bit dull. Another turn off for me was the insta lust , really she saw him and pretty much lost other brain from that moment on , I should call it insta stupid instead of insta lust , because that is really what happened . And overall she was not the smartest person and always found the most iodic things to do and get herself and others in danger. And Jared Price, umm yeah I think he was supposed to be one of those “bad boy” alpha male but really just came over as an A&&hole and not in a good way. I rolled my eyes way to many times and other times I was just angry at him. He stalkerish and controlling and that relationship was not healthy at all in my eyes.

I will continue on to see if it gets better and I really hope it does, because I think the story has a lot of potential. Overall, I rate this book 2 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-17 22:07
Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy
Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy - Tony Riches

After the Welsh revolt of  Owain Glyndŵr, Owen Tudor is taken into the English Court as a servant.  He soon finds himself appointed as Keeper of the Wardrobe to the newly widowed Queen  Catherine of Valois.  In his position, Owen finds himself close to the lonely Queen as he runs the ins and outs of her daily life.  He is also very close with the infant King, Henry.  Owen is soon asked to spy on the Queen for the appointed Protector of the Realm, Duke Humphrey of Gloucester.  With loyalty to the Queen first and foremost, Owen lets Catherine know of the duplicity and becomes one of her most trusted men.  As the infant King grows, Queen Catherine's position becomes less stable and Owen stays beside her.  Through a secret marriage, children, a sorrowful death and an English uprising, Owen Tudor's lineage will become essential to England's future.

As someone who loves all things Tudor, I did not know much about Owen Tudor except for his parentage of Edmund and Jaspar.  Not much historical fact is known about Owen Tudor's life; however, Tony Riches has done a wonderful job filling in.  Rich detail of the time period and everyday life in Queen Catherine's household gives background for their romance to take place and for the Tudor lineage to begin.   One of the themes throughout the book is Fortune's Wheel.  Fortune's Wheel turns many times for Owen throughout his life.  I was continuously surprised at his ability to get back on his feet after tragedy or bad luck fell upon him: Owen marries Queen Catherine, but in secret, they are in hiding for many years, have several healthy children, but one birth will take Catherine's life, Owen receive the pardon of the King, but is still imprisoned.   Through Owen's eyes I had an honest look at Queen Catherine, a young woman who showed strength and resilience throughout her life but fell to the same illness as her father, Charles VI of France.  I was also very interested in Owen and Catherine's third son, Owen, who may or may not have lived.  Overall, an exciting and engrossing foundation to the Tudor trilogy.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2018-05-15 14:51
Hinein in den Sturm
Die Hexenholzkrone 2 - Tad Williams,Cornelia Holfelder-von der Tann,Wolfram Ströle

Tad Williams‘ neue Trilogie „Der Letzte König von Osten Ard“ wird für Fans wieder einmal zu einem Geduldsspiel. Nachdem „Das Herz der Verlorenen Dinge“ und „Die Hexenholzkrone“ (für den deutschen Markt gesplittet) 2017 zügig nacheinander erschienen, heißt es nun warten. Hodder & Stoughton, Williams‘ Verlag in Großbritannien, kündigt den zweiten Band „Empire of Grass“ für September 2018 an. Ein deutsches Veröffentlichungsdatum existiert bisher nicht. Wahrscheinlich wird dieser Band erneut geteilt, da das Originalmanuskript ca. 1.200 Seiten umfasst. Ich bin guter Hoffnung, dass Hobbit Presse | Klett-Cotta zeitnah reagieren werden. Schließlich waren sie auch mit dem zweigeteilten ersten Band fix und darüber hinaus so freundlich, mir Rezensionsexemplare zur Verfügung zu stellen.

 

Der Frieden in Osten Ard wankt. Nabban steht am Rande eines Bürgerkriegs. Der hernystirische Blutkult breitet sich aus wie ein Geschwür. Wieder paktieren Menschen aus Habsucht und Machtgier mit den Nornen der Sturmspitze. Als Hochkönigspaar bemühen sich Miriamel und Simon, die schwelenden Brände in ihrem Reich einzudämmen, doch sie können nicht überall zugleich sein. Sie brauchen Hilfe. Mit gemischten Gefühlen entsenden sie ihren Enkel Prinz Morgan in den magischen Wald Aldheorte, um die Sithi aufzusuchen. Sie hoffen, von ihren alten Verbündeten Antworten und Unterstützung gegen die Hikeda’ya zu erhalten. Leider war das lange Schweigen zwischen den Völkern kein Missverständnis. Die Sithi weigern sich, den Menschen beizustehen. Werden Simon und Miriamel ihr Volk allein vor der unheilvollen Magie der finsteren Nornenkönigin Utuk’ku schützen können?

 

Eigentlich habe ich meiner Rezension zu „Die Hexenholzkrone 1“ nicht viel hinzuzufügen. „Die Hexenholzkrone 2“ ist eine unbeabsichtigte Fortsetzung. Ihre Existenz ist den Normen des deutschen Buchmarktes geschuldet, der ungern Bücher produziert, die mehr als 1.000 Seiten umfassen. Unter anderen Umständen hätte ich mich garantiert dazu entschieden, die beiden Teile als Gesamtband zu rezensieren, aber da ich sie einzeln als Rezensionsexemplare erhalten habe, was sehr großzügig von Hobbit Presse | Klett-Cotta war, sehe ich mich verpflichtet, sie getrennt zu besprechen.
Grundsätzlich änderte sich in „Die Hexenholzkrone 2“ für mich nichts: die Lektüre erinnerte emotional an Heimkehren. Allerdings ist dieses Heim nicht länger ein geborgener, sicherer Ort. Düsternis erfasst Osten Ard. Wer in „Die Hexenholzkrone 1“ daran zweifelte, dass unseren geliebten Figuren schwere Zeiten bevorstehen, kann es nun nicht länger leugnen. Tad Williams steuert seine Geschichte unbeirrt in einen gewaltigen Sturm und die ersten heftigen Böen lassen die Segel bereits ordentlich knattern. Er erzeugt Spannung, indem er seinen Leser_innen erstaunlich freigiebig viele Details verrät, die seinen Charakteren bisher verborgen sind. Ich fand mich in der privilegierten Position wieder, als einzige das Ausmaß des zerstörerischen Unwetters, das sich am Horizont abzeichnet, erahnen zu können. Es erschreckte mich zutiefst, dass es nach 30 Jahren des Friedens erneut Menschen gibt, die bereit sind, mit den Nornen zu konspirieren. Wie weit diese Verschwörung reicht, offenbart Williams (noch) nicht, doch allein die Andeutung eines faustischen Paktes ließ mir alle Haare zu Berge stehen. Haben sie denn nicht dazu gelernt? Begreifen sie nicht, dass die Hikeda’ya und ihre unheimliche Königin Utuk’ku die Auslöschung der Menschheit anstreben? Offenbar benötigt sie dafür die mysteriöse Hexenholzkrone, die leider nur vereinzelt am Rande erwähnt wird. Für mich wäre ihr Wunsch nach diesem geheimnisvollen Objekt bereits Grund genug, sie daran zu hindern, es zu bekommen, weshalb mich Simons und Miriamels Entscheidung, Prinz Morgan zu den Sithi zu schicken, sehr erleichterte. Trotz des unerfreulichen Ausgangs dieses Besuches, der mich davon überzeugte, dass die Sithi das Hilfegesuch nicht allein aus Zorn ablehnen, sondern rätselhafterweise vollkommen verängstigt sind, beruhigte es mich, dass das Königspaar die Gefahr ernstnimmt. Der zunehmende Druck auf die beiden war greifbar; besonders Simon ist die Verantwortung, die sein Titel mit sich bringt, leid. Er wünscht sich, sein Amt ruhen zu lassen, um mehr Zeit mit seiner Familie verbringen zu können – sogar mit Morgan, der wirklich einzigartig talentiert darin ist, seinem Gegenüber auf die Nerven zu gehen. Unglücklicherweise erfüllt ihm Tad Williams diesen Wunsch nicht, stattdessen trennt er die Gruppe und verteilt sie in ganz Osten Ard, um Bewegung in die Handlung zu bringen. Die Spieler sind in Position. Das Spiel hat begonnen.

 

Auf der Verlagsseite von „Das Herz der Verlorenen Dinge“ heißt es, es biete „für alle neuen Leser den Einstieg in die Welt von Osten Ard“. Dem stimme ich nach der Lektüre von „Die Hexenholzkrone 1“ und „Die Hexenholzkrone 2“ nicht zu. Ich glaube nicht, dass „Das Herz der Verlorenen Dinge“ ausreicht, um die Dimension des nachfolgenden Auftakts zu begreifen. Um die drängende Bedrohlichkeit der aktuellen Situation zu erfassen, braucht es meiner Meinung nach den Kontext des Sturmkönigskrieges in „Das Geheimnis der Großen Schwerter“. Ich denke, die beabsichtigte Wirkung der dunklen Vorzeichen in „Die Hexenholzkrone“ entfaltet sich nur, wenn man weiß, durch welche Opfer die Menschheit 30 Jahre zuvor vor der Auslöschung bewahrt wurde. Wenn ihr Lust auf „Der Letzte König von Osten Ard“ bekommen habt, empfehle ich euch daher eindringlich, zuerst „Das Geheimnis der Großen Schwerter“ zu lesen. Die erste Trilogie wird euch das Wissen vermitteln, das ihr benötigt, um die Raffinesse der Geschichte und Tad Williams‘ formidable Entwicklung als Autor wertzuschätzen, sodass ihr in „Die Hexenholzkrone 1“ und „Die Hexenholzkrone 2“ das sehen könnt, was ich sehe: einen köstlichen Vorgeschmack dessen, was Leser_innen und Figuren in „Der Letzte König von Osten Ard“ erwartet.

 

Vielen Dank an den Verlag Hobbit Presse | Klett-Cotta für die Bereitstellung dieses Rezensionsexemplars im Austausch für eine ehrliche Rezension!

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/tad-williams-die-hexenholzkrone-2
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review 2018-05-04 21:29
Nicholas Sansbury Smith: Hell Diver II Ghosts
Hell Divers: Ghosts (The Hell Divers Trilogy Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith

You need to read the first book in this series Hell Divers, not only to understand this world, book, premise and history of some of the main characters, but also it is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is back with the next book in his Hell Divers series, 10 years have passed and it's time for them to return to searching the surface:
Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier “X” Rodriguez fell to Earth, and the ship that he used to call home continued on trying to survive. Michael Everheart, who was known a Tin as a boy, has followed in X's and his father's footsteps to become a Hell Diver. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive alive and in the air Captain Leon Jordan now rules at the helm of the ship like a dictator. He has no ideals to return to the surface like the previous Captain did and does everything in his power to promote that the Sky is where they belong. When a mysterious distress call comes from the surface Captain Leon is set on ignoring it, but his iron fist rule is about to be challenged by those who can, The Hell Divers who keep the ship in the air and humanity alive.

The first chapter starts out with a bang and I'm pretty sure I said Holy Fuck a few times out loud as I was reading it. I could not believe the revelations that Sansbury Smith made as well as the pace of the book. The first chapter basically describes the pace and premise of the book. You do not get time to take a breath, so strap in and find a comfortable place to read as you'll be reading this book in one sitting.

I like that this book is placed 10 years in the future from the first. As what happened in the first book there were not any additional characters that really stood out that Snasbury Smith could continue the series right then and there. I like that we get to see a mature Tim and what his father and X did for him as well as the revolution attempt that shaped the man that he has become. Tim has become a great leader for his Hell Divers team Raptor and his will to sacrifice himself for the greater good of not only humanity but for his team members as well. It was also great to see Magnolia back in action as she was kind of a throw in Hell Diver from the first book. She is still pretty much the same character, which is interesting that the 10 years did not really change her at all, but she still adds the defiant one in the group.

It was also interesting to see that the devastation that occurred on Earth affected areas differently. This completely makes sense as I'm sure "Climate" and topography would shape creatures even those that were created when the world went to Shit. This also showed more of Sanasbury Smith's imagination and he was not stuck on just the creatures that he had created for the first novel. Yes they are still there, but this part of Earth has so much more scary things out there.


Honestly, this is one of my favourite series out there right now and is my favourite one that Sansbury Smith has written. The only thing wrong with this book is I now have to wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. Awesome read, and an Awesome series.
Enjoy!!

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