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text 2017-11-08 07:10
Release Blitz - Obscura

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Synopsis

 

 

I was torn apart.

 

That's all you need to know about me.

 

A stranger dragged me into the bushes to shatter my world, destroy my body and ruin my future.

 

I thought I was done, but Zoe found me and things are going to change. The world is going to hear our rage, loud and clear.

 

We are taking back our lives, one punishment at a time.

 

But I didn't expect Adam.

 

Sweet, gentle Adam.

 

With each kiss, he makes me whole. With each tender moment, he makes me believe again.

 

And every time he touches me, I am torn asunder and rebuilt into something powerful and beautiful.

 

I never expected for my world to come tumbling down again.

 

I never expected any of it.

 

And this time there are no pieces to pick up, nothing to rebuild.

 

This time we all fall down.

 

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Other Books by Jaden Wilkes:

 

The Beast Series Boxed Set The Beast (Beast Series, Book 1)

Perfectly Normal (Beast Series, Book 2)

Little Dove (Beast Series, Book 3)

Dirty Little Freaks Therapist Life:An Autopsy Freakshow

The Red Shoes (Twisted Fairy Tales Book 1 Serial: Volume Two

 

 

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About Jaden Wilkes:

 

 

Author of dark romance, urban fantasy, and mind twisting thrillers. I write the things that keep me up at night.

 

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review 2017-05-06 12:07
Das geheime Leben der CeeCee Wilkes - Das geheime Leben der CeeCee Wilkes -

Das geheime Leben der CeeCee Wilkes / Diane Chamberlain

 

Einen wunderbar tiefgründigen, aber auch unglaublich spannenden Roman von Diane Chamberlain gibt es nun in einer deutschen Neuauflage, erschienen im Harper-Collins-Verlag: „Das geheime Leben der CeeCee Wilkes“ besticht durch überraschende Wendungen, Tiefgang und sehr viel Nervenkitzel!
CeeCee Wilkes, die Hauptprotagonistin des Romans, ist 16 Jahre jung, als sie sich Hals über Kopf in den 22-jährigen Tim verliebt. Sie scheint blind vor Liebe, fühlt sich bei ihm geborgen und angekommen – hat sie doch mit 12 Jahren ihre fürsorgliche Mutter durch eine schwere Krankheit verloren. Seither sucht sie nach der grenzenlose Liebe, die ihr in diversen Pflegefamilien verwehrt blieb und glaubt sie bei Tim gefunden zu haben. Doch wie weit wird sie gehen, um Tim zu gefallen und um ihn halten zu können? Was, wenn Tim von ihr etwas verlangt, das die Grenzen des Erlaubten bei Weitem überschreitet? Sie Teil eines nicht kalkulierbaren Verbrechens werden soll?!
Hier beginnt „Das geheime Leben der CeeCee Wilkes“. Schon auf den ersten Seiten geht es los mit tollen Charakteren, unerwarteten Entwicklungen und ganz viel Spannung! Beginnt das Buch im ersten Kapitel zunächst noch wie ein gut zu lesender Roman, entwickelt sich das Buch sehr schnell zu einem spannungsgeladenen Thriller! Ohne zu viel vorwegnehmen zu wollen: Man ist gleich mit dem ersten Kapitel mitten in der Geschichte (und das im wahrsten Sinne..), geht dann aber ab dem 2. Kapitel zurück in die Vergangenheit, wo die eigentliche Geschichte beginnt und CeeCee‘s Leben im Zeitraffer erzählt wird. Satte 403 Seiten lang durchlebt man Höhen und Tiefen, Entwicklungen mit denen man nicht rechnen konnte, sowie tragische und hochspannende Momente. Ich fand den Spannungsbogen und den Schreibstil des Buches toll! Die Figuren sind dazu absolut authentisch und stimmig konzipiert, die Geschichte vollkommen schlüssig und durchweg logisch aufgebaut. Auch die Aspekte der zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen sind toll dargestellt. Man spürt durchweg eine beeindruckende atmosphärische Dichte und man kann das Buch kaum mehr aus der Hand legen.. Insgesamt ergibt sich ein Roman, der durchgängig packend und fesselnd ist. Ich war von der ersten Seite an begeistert und wurde nur ganz zum Schluss durch ein etwas schwaches Ende etwas ernüchtert! Der Schluss liest sich ein wenig lieblos zusammengewürfelt und wirkte nicht mehr ganz so überzeugend. Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich vorhergehend jedes einzelne Kapitel verschlungen und mit den Protagonisten mitgefiebert. Man wird ständig überrascht und durchlebt sämtliche Emotionen. Diane Chamberlain hat einen tollen Roman vorgelegt und es wird sicherlich nicht das letzte Buch bleiben, welches ich von der Autorin gelesen habe! Absolut empfehlens- wie lesenswert, aber wegen des leicht schwachen Endes: 4 Sterne.

 

https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Diane-Chamberlain/Das-geheime-Leben-der-CeeCee-Wilkes-1235961178-w/

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review 2017-04-21 22:36
MISERY Review
Misery - Stephen King

What could I possibly add to what has already been said about this astounding novel in the last thirty years? It is a bonafide King classic, an excellent entry in the man's oeuvre by virtually any standard of judgement. Kick-ass villain? Check. Tightly-wound plotting? Check. Believable situation? Check. Avoidance of cliché? Check. Likable protagonist? Check. Appropriate ending? Check. In Misery, King does what is so rare for authors to do (especially authors who are fifteen or so years into their career, as King was in 1987) — he gets everything right.

 

I have a very special relationship with this book. It was the very first thing I ever read by Stephen King, years ago. At the time, I had a friend who was a big fan of the guy and raved about his works whenever he got a chance. I loved to read when I was growing up, but I lost interest around the age of 13 or so. I had begun to outgrow the stories I loved as a (younger) kid and hadn't yet found anything I liked as a young teen. Finally, at the insistence of said King-loving friend, I checked the 'K' section at my local library. Lo and behold, I found a mess of his novels and didn't know where to start. Under the Dome was King's latest release then, and while it seemed interesting, I suspected I would never make it through its 1,000+ pages. Maybe one day, I told myself. After sweaty, anxious scanning of all the King titles on my town library's shelves, I texted my friend and asked for suggestions. He immediately responded with something I'll never forget: "They're all good. Just don't get Dreamcatcher. It sucks ass."

 

Alright! Feeling moderately liberated, I felt relief in the knowledge that I could check out any of the titles before me without worry of it being a time-waste (besides Dreamcatcher, mind you). Finally, I noticed a slimmer volume, its one-worded title in a font that looked like blood: MISERY, it said. The hardcover's art immediately gripped me, as did the goofy-ass author photo on the back — that photo still cracks me up, by the way. Say sorry, Sai King!


To the checkout counter I went, with Misery (and The Stand, if memory serves — though I did not even attempt that one before its due date) in hand. A few days later I went on vacation with my family to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We camped out.... in tents.... in an RV park. Oi. It rained almost everyday, and when it wasn't raining it was almost a hundred degrees. But that trip wasn't so bad — after all, I had Misery. I remember sitting in the tent I shared with my sister, holding the book in my clutches, eagerly drinking in the story by flashlight as the rain pelted down. Ah, good times. Funnily enough, it was not until a few months after that trip that I read another novel by SK.

 

 

That one — Christine — is what turned me into the fanboy I am today. But Misery laid the groundwork, and pushed me to expand my literary interests in the first place.

So what was it? What was it that I loved (and love) so much about Misery? Why, it's King's commentary on the writing process, of course. I'm a pre-published (he said optimistically) writer, which made this story more appealing now than it ever was before. While I don't write in the same genre as King — horror and suspense are not comfortable to me — his words of advice on the craft are endlessly fascinating, and so helpful. The stories and novels in which King deals with the arts and the impact it has on everyday life are my favorites, just because those are the titles I relate to most.

 

And let us not forget the vividly drawn characters — Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes. I love to write, therefore I dig Paul and can feel for him. Of course. However, I also have more than a little bit of Annie in me. I'm obsessive, lonely, paranoid, depressive, manic. Just being honest. I feel for her. I feel her pain, her turmoil, her ideology — even when she's wielding an ax or chopping up coppers with a lawnmower. What kind of person does that make me?

 

The reader can sympathize with all of King's characters, even the most despicable ones. That's the mark of a truly great writer, and it's a lesson I've tried to apply to my own stories. In fact, Annie is so well-realized that I'm always heartbroken over her death. I know she deserved it. I know that. But . . . still. It's a hard one, at least for me. I love Annie Wilkes.

 

So, yeah. This has been a shit review. Apologies! Didn't know what to say that hasn't already been said, so I decided to go with whatever came out. Hope you stuck around, and thanks for reading!

 

King connections:

 

Pg. 103 - Paul imagines the voice of his typewriter as being that of a 'teenage gun-slinger'.

Pg. 192 - The phrase 'off the beam' is thought of by Paul. Is that a Dark Tower reference? Almost certainly. The Drawing of the Three was released in 1987 too, so it was definitely on King's mind.

Pg. 194 - Events from The Shining, namely the Overlook Hotel burning down, are mentioned by Annie. And there's the fact that this novel takes place in Colorado, which puts this one firmly in the same universe as that which is occupied by the Torrances.

 

Favorite quote:

 

“As always, the blessed relief of starting, a feeling that was like falling into a hole filled with bright light.
As always, the glum knowledge that he would not write as well as he wanted to write.
As always the terror of not being able to finish, of accelerating into a brick wall.
As always, the marvelous joyful nervy feeling of journey begun.”

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review 2016-09-14 03:05
Fates and Traitors
Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth - Jennifer Chiaverini

Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini is is not a story of suspense, for history tells us both of his actions and of the consequences of those actions. The book feels a bit long at times, but it is an engaging one. Ultimately, this book is a story of four women who love a man despite his faults and of their memories not of a traitor but of a son, a brother, and a lover.

 

Read my complete review at Memories From Books - Fates and Traitors.

 

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/09/fates-and-traitors.html
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review 2016-09-06 00:00
Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth
Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth - Jennifer Chiaverini DNF @ page 48

This book is just not for me. I am finding it rather dry with an over abundance of details. I was looking forward to a historical fiction novel but the way this book read reminds me more of a detail heavy biography. I could force myself to continue reading but I am just going to stop at this point since I am not enjoying it. I am sure that this book will have its audience but it didn't work for me.
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