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review 2018-02-16 11:03
In Fell und Krallen angekommen
Hair in All the Wrong Places - Andrew Buckley

Meine Zusammenarbeit mit dem kanadischen Autor Andrew Buckley begann im April 2016, als er mich bat, seinen Young Adult – Roman „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ zu rezensieren. Ich war Feuer und Flamme für den kleinen Nerd Colin, der sich unverhofft und voller Begeisterung in einen Werwolf verwandelt. Der Austausch mit Andrew war ebenso fabelhaft und ich äußerte sofort mein Interesse an der Fortsetzung, die damals für August 2017 geplant war. Letztendlich brauchten Andrew und sein Verlag Month9Books zwei Monate länger, um „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zu veröffentlichen, aber er hielt sein Versprechen und sandte mir ein Rezensionsexemplar zu. Zuversichtlich, erneut eine witzige und herzliche Geschichte vorzufinden, stürzte mich freudig in mein zweites Abenteuer mit Colin.

 

Das Leben ist unfair, sogar für einen Werwolf. Über zwei Jahre arbeitete der mittlerweile 15-jährige Colin darauf hin, an Außeneinsätzen der Night Watch teilnehmen zu dürfen. Er trainierte und lernte, seine animalische Seite zu kontrollieren. Doch seine heiß ersehnte erste Mission endet in einem Desaster und alle geben Colin die Schuld daran. Niemand glaubt ihm, dass er tatsächlich einen schwebenden Mann mit rotglühenden Augen gesehen hat und sich nur deshalb auf offener Straße verwandelte, weil seine hypersensiblen Sinne manipuliert wurden. Nicht einmal Silas, sein Mentor und Rudelführer. Wieder sitzt Colin in Elkwood fest. Während das Team nach Europa reist, muss er zu Hause bleiben und sich zum ersten Mal allein dem aufziehenden Vollmond stellen. Er ahnt nicht, dass die Verteidigung Elkwoods schon bald in seinen Pranken liegen wird. Denn der schwebende Mann war keine Einbildung. Colin hat genug Comics gelesen. Er weiß, dass niemand, dessen Augen rot leuchten, jemals etwas Gutes im Sinn hatte.

 

Am Ende meiner Lektüre von „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zog sich ein fettes Grinsen über mein Gesicht. Die Geschichten um den jungen Werwolf Colin machen mich einfach glücklich. Das Lesen bereitet mir so viel Spaß, dass mich eventuelle Mängel nicht die Bohne interessieren. Es ist, als würde sich mein analytisches Ich stumm und respektvoll zurückziehen, sobald ich die ersten Sätze lese und erst wieder hervorkriechen, wenn ich das neuste Abenteuer mit Colin überstanden habe. Offenbar schlägt Andrew Buckley eine Saite in meinem Inneren an, die es mir ermöglicht, seine Bücher so zu genießen, wie ich es vor meiner Zeit als Buchbloggerin konnte. Obwohl ich die reflektierte Auseinandersetzung mit Literatur nicht missen möchte, bedauere ich es manchmal, dass ich die nörgelnde kleine Stimme in meinem Kopf nur noch selten zum Schweigen bringen kann. An Colins Seite gelingt mir das und dafür bin ich Andrew sehr dankbar. Mit der Reihe „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ kann ich Urlaub von mir selbst nehmen, was unglaublich erleichternd und entspannend ist. Folglich erfüllte „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ all meine Erwartungen. Es ist ein lustiger, rasanter und actiongeladener zweiter Band, der sich hinter dem Auftakt nicht verstecken muss. Andrew zieht seine Leser_innen mit simplen, aber effektiven Strategien in die packende Handlung hinein. Er bringt sie in eine dem Protagonisten überlegene Position, wodurch sich für mich das intensive Bedürfnis entwickelte, einzugreifen, um Colin vor drohenden Gefahren zu warnen. Colin selbst ist nun zwei Jahre älter und erfreulich stabil in seine Identität als Werwolf hineingewachsen. Er haderte zwar nie mit seinem Schicksal, doch jetzt ist er wirklich in Fell und Krallen angekommen. Er verkörpert exakt die seinem Alter angemessene Balance zwischen reifem und kindischem Verhalten. Er handelt intuitiv erwachsen, indem er seinem untrüglichen Gespür für Richtig und Falsch folgt und ist deshalb in der Lage, Elkwood spektakulär zu verteidigen. Dank seines Mentors Silas kennt er seine Stärken und Schwächen genau und erreicht bereits in jungen Jahren ein beeindruckendes Maß an Kontrolle, das sich vor allem während des Vollmonds zeigt. Ich frage mich, ob Colin vielleicht das Zeug zum Alpha hat, da mir seine Fähigkeit, selbst in Wolfsgestalt klar zu denken, außerordentlich stark ausgeprägt erscheint. Möglicherweise ist Silas aber auch nur ein außergewöhnlich guter Lehrer. Die Beziehung zwischen den beiden wärmte mir das Herz. Silas ist für Colin zu einer richtigen Vaterfigur geworden. Damit füllt er das Loch in Colins Leben aus, das seine Eltern hinterließen und übernimmt eine Rolle, die seine Oma, zu der er mittlerweile ein viel besseres Verhältnis hat, nicht einnehmen konnte. Durch Silas‘ Präsenz fällt kaum auf, dass seine Eltern abwesend sind, was allerdings nicht bedeutet, dass ich nicht neugierig auf sie wäre. Das wäre doch mal eine interessante Entwicklung für den nächsten Band.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/andrew-buckley-the-perils-of-growing-up-werewolf
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review 2018-02-14 20:24
Great book for urban fantasy lovers!
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

I enjoyed reading this one as it featured a main character who wasn’t your typical anti-hero - which we seem to have a lot lately. I’m glad to see Peter was just your average good guy who’s doing his best to be a policeman until he comes across supernatural things in which his whole life changes.

Peter’s relationship with Nightingale is pretty much a mentor/student one. Nightingale has his own secrets though and a few are revealed but there’s more to him that you think - I hope there’s more information about him in the later books to come. There are other supporting characters; I do like Leslie because she’s got the wit (possible love interest, maybe) and she’s a perfect sidekick to Peter. Molly is another interesting character that I would love to know more about. Again this is the first book in the series so I’m hoping more character development will eventually come forth in later books.

 

The world building is pretty good and Peter does a good job also explaining how things are in London (I admit I had to google a couple of things as I didn’t know who or what Punch and Judy were) but it gives you information on the city and events that are common there to actually make you feel as if you are following Peter around as he tries to solve the case and becomes an apprentice.

 

The plot was well done and I liked how the different story arcs come together in the end into one large circle. It may seem confusing at first but once you have everything laid out and you know who is who everything comes to a close and it’s a great closing. It obviously leaves room for more books coming so one can look forward to what is next for Peter.

 

(The Riot scene though? Holyyyyy sheeeeeee what the……)

 

It’s a good read, those who are into urban fantasy mysteries will likely like this type of book. Looking forward to book two!

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review 2018-02-14 15:22
Review: Devil’s Gate (Elder Races #4.6) by Thea Harrison
Devil's Gate - Thea Harrison
Devil's Gate

Elder Races #4.6
Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Novella
Teddy Harrison LLC
August 22, 2017
eBook
134
Bought

 

This title was previously published and is being rereleased by the author. It has not been revised.

 

As a coroner, medusa Seremela Telemar has always felt more comfortable chatting over a dead body than over drinks. But when her wild niece, Vetta, runs off to Devil’s Gate, a lawless town that sprung up overnight in a modern-day gold rush, she knows she has to extricate her before the rebellious girl gets into real trouble.

 

Vampyre Duncan Turner is not about to let his new co-worker go into that chaotic Wild West town alone. His Vampyric power and lawyer smarts make him the perfect ally, and the fact that he already had his eye on Seremela for more…personal reasons, doesn’t hurt matters. Any romantic thoughts are put on hold, however, when they arrive at Devil’s Gate and learn Vetta is set to hang by morning.

 

In order to save Vetta and themselves, Seremela and Duncan are going to have to fight fire with force, and magic with fangs. And pray they make it out of Devil’s Gate alive.

 

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I read Devil’s Gate when it was first published and loved it. 

 

Even if you haven’t read an Elder Race book you could still pick this novella up, but I would recommend at least reading Books 1 & 2 first in the Elder Race series; since they give you a sense of what is going on in the world. 

 

Devil’s Gate features Seremela a Medusa and Duncan a Vampyre. These characters are secondary characters introduced somewhere along the line in the Elder Race series. 

 

As for the story, their is no shortage of action, adventure, and danger. The romance is sweet; between these two and their is some major sexual tension that will combust by the end. I also have to point out that when we think of Medusa we don’t think nice creatures, so I have to say I like how the author portrayed her Medusa’s. They weren’t creepy, but came of different and noteworthy.

 

The Elder Race series brings us a verity of unique supernaturals, worlds, and so much more. It’s an entering series to read or listen too. I highly recommend diving in. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/02/review-devils-gate-elder-races-4-6-by-thea-harrison
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review 2018-02-12 05:54
Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews

Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed

 

Nevada Baylor spent years keeping her truthseeker abilities under wraps.  Now that that her secret has been revealed, she must hone her powers and learn to navigate the world of a Prime.  Power and politics are something Nevada has long avoided, but she’s in the game now, so to speak. At her side is billionaire Prime Connor “Mad” Rogan, but Nevada’s emerging status as a power player means that their relationship will be tested as others flock to court and manipulate her.  And that isn’t the only strain on their burgeoning relationship – Connor’s ex-fiancée’s husband is missing and she has come to Nevada for help.  Between damsels-in-distress, a new threat to the Baylor family, and a conspiracy that threatens all she holds dear, Nevada may start wishing for the days where her biggest problem was that all of Houston might burn.

 

Wildfire is an intense, electric read.  Passion, danger, love, and magic are all woven together to form an intelligent, incredibly engaging story.

 

Nevada and Rogan are fascinating protagonists and one heck of a couple.  They are both strong, intelligent characters who butt heads but also respect one another’s abilities.  Falling in love has given them new sets of vulnerabilities, and I loved watching them navigate their new relationship.  Their love story is by turns sexy, romantic, and intense and I was rooting for them to overcome every obstacle.

 

Speaking of obstacles, there are a lot thrown in Nevada and Rogan’s way.  I hesitate to say too much for fear of spoiling the book.  Nevada has to decide how best to protect her family now that she’s a known truthseeker her terrifying paternal grandmother has found out about her.  She also a new case where Rogan’s needy ex-fiancée is wearing on her nerves and putting a strain on her relationship with Rogan.  Both of these storylines are compelling because they cause internal turmoil, which contrasts nicely with the external threat of the Caesar conspiracy.  This overarching series storyline is where the action ramps up to epic proportions in Wildfire.  Author duo Ilona Andrews brilliantly blends magic and mayhem for maximum thrills and I was so into this book that I hated it whenever real life intruded and I had to put it down.

 

Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and you definitely should read Burn for Me and White Hot before diving into this tale.  Rogan, Nevada, the entire Baylor family, and their friends have all grown over the course of the series and I loved watching each of them come into their own.  I really hope this isn’t the end of the Hidden Legacy series, because there is so much left to explore in this world.  The magic is phenomenally detailed and the way it’s used can be interesting, funny, frightening, and sometimes even sexy.  So while I finished Wildfire well-satisfied, I definitely don’t want to leave Nevada and Rogan’s world.  And trust me, you won’t either.

Source: www.joyfullyreviewed.net/reviewparent/wildfire-ilona-andrews
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review 2018-02-11 14:11
Drawing Dead (Dana McIntyre Must Die #1) by S.M. Reine
Drawing Dead: An Urban Fantasy Thriller ... Drawing Dead: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Dana McIntyre Must Die) (Volume 1) - S M Reine

Dana McIntyre has always had an issue with vampires, even more than your average vampire hunter. They have history and she holds a grudge

 

So she does not take being bitten and turning into a vampire well. She fully intends to die before she turns. But not before taking all of Las Vegas’s hundreds of vampires down with her.

 

There is a possible cure- but is Dana willing to risk that? Can Vegas survive without Dana? And can it survive her vengeance?

 

I am now becoming ever more intimidated and by S.M. Reine’s world - because she has written about 300 series each of which have eleventy million books in it, all of which are connected and linked to a vast meta plot and world changing activity - and I AM SO BEHIND. So finding this new series my reactions were both lots of glee and a kind of gibbering terror. I will catch up with all her books! I will!

 

I was going to skip this until I caught up. But the cover. You know I’m not resisting that cover, right?

 

That said, despite the utter terrifying vastness that is S.M. Reine’s excellent world building and the truly massive amount of events that have passed, this book still works on its own even if you’re unfamiliar with the vastness. It does refer to major events in the larger world - events I’m only vaguely aware of - but this isn’t a vast world changing story. This is the story of Dana, Las Vegas and activities there. This history matters in terms of how the supernatural took over, how people were transformed by the Event and how much changed - but the details of it are not remotely necessary to tell Dana’s story. Ok, the gods thing? The gods thing lost me. I definitely need some severe elaboration on the whole deity thing.

 

That doesn’t mean the world isn’t amazing and broad and rich and weird. With the very conventional supernatural vampires and wereanimals, but throwing in some truly terrifying and alien fae with a very different take on anything I’ve seen before. And the cutest orc you ever did see

 

In fact let’s hit Dana and her wife Penny. First of all wife - yes, Dana is a lesbian, yes we have a lesbian protagonist, no she’s not “lesbian for Penny only” she is attracted to women and definitely loves Penny. Their relationship is not in any way fairy tale - there’s a lot of conflict and difficult there: but it’s down to Penny’s previous trauma as a victim of a serial killer, it’s Dana’s obsessive hatred of vampires, it’s her drinking too much - there’s a lot of complexities which make Dana not an easy woman to live with or love but they definitely do love.

 



 

Penny is also an orc - which means she’s huge and sweaty and has horns - and is still much gentler, more timid and generally more delicate than the touch talking, hard drinking rough and tumble - though much smaller - Dana. I like that because all too often depictions of same-sex relationships feel the need to throw gender roles in there - and here we have a relationship that turns these stereotypes on their head and has two big, not-conventionally attractive, yet still very powerful women leading it

 

We also have a trans woman who is an integral part of the city and the story and what i love is that her being trans is not oblique or subtle - we’re very very very clear including the party Penny and Dana had with her to celebrate milestones in transitioning - while also making it clear she’s a fully developed integral character beyond that. She does use being trans as a rhetorical tool a little too extremely to try and poke Dana into action in a way that doesn’t feel appropriate in both the coarse terms and draws unnecessary comparisons with the supernatural.

 

To me the most compelling character was Nissa, because she was so far away from anything I expected. And I’m frustrated that I can’t reveal anything about the empathic vampire without spoiling so much what makes her so surprising, unique and her story so utterly chilling. This is an excellent, completely unique take on this kind of character that I have never ever seen before and left me confused, slightly in awe and very very disturbed.

 

We also have Anthony Morales, a major figure in Dana’s organisation who is latino, the second in command of the vampires, and definitely the mover-and-shaker behind the scenes is Indian: both are important in this book and likely to be much more so in future books.

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2018/02/drawing-dead-dana-mcintyre-must-die-1.html
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