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Sonntag, 22. April 2018

Audibook: Fated by Karen Lynch




A couple of days  ago,  

I could finally download the brand new audio book of 


 
You want to know whether it's good? Okay, just think of

1 + 1

as in a brilliant and amazing book like  

Fated + Amazing Narrators= Incredible, Brilliant Audio Book

 ***** 
 
 Cailin Greer and Zachary Webber did it again. They took an amazing book and turned it into an even more amazing audio book that once again draws you in, makes you  smile, chuckle, hold your breath...even if you have read this book several times already - and when you listen to their narration, it feels as if you just opened the book for the first time. 

The Relentless-series is one of the few series where I own every book as an ebook, audio book and as a paperback and I love each and every one of them and re-listen and re-read them regularly. The books are simply amazing and those narrations - perfect.

 *****
 

 *****

 And guess what? The next book in this series will be....

Jordan's book:


You want to know more about it? 

Check it out!






Long time no see.....



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Seit Januar war ich krank, nichts Dramatisches, aber lĂ€stig, und habe in den letzten zwei Wochen, in denen es mir insgesamt etwas besser ging, erst einmal versucht, alles aufzuarbeiten, was in der Zeit liegengeblieben ist. Zwischendurch war ich ja auch auf der RARE in London, wovon ich auch noch berichten wollte. Aber - ab jetzt wird alles wieder gut und dieser Blog wird wieder lebendiger. Manchmal ist das eben so, life sucks. 
In diesem Sinne - ich geh dann mal schreiben. Und posten. 
Bis dann!

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I've been ill since January, nothing serious or dramatic but annoying. The last weeeks when I felt a bit better, I've tried to catch up on all other things and this blog has been a bit neglected. I also went to RARE London in February and still "owe" you that account. 
Anyway - the dark times are over and this blog will be active again. 
On that note - I'll start writing. Now. And posting. 
See ya!

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Montag, 9. April 2018

I'll Be Waiting (The Vault #2) by A.M. Hargrove












Blurb:

I went to fight for my country and for freedom.
When the IED exploded, it took part of my leg … and ended my career.
Fighting back was harder than I imagined, but I did it.
Putting the pieces back together was even worse.
But I refused to let it defeat me.
I climbed that mountain only to discover I was flawed.
Damaged.
Scarred.
And always would be.

Then my life took a turn and a different kind of explosion occurred.
This one affected my heart.
Perfection in every sense of the word stood before me …
Something I wasn't or would ever be.
Because I was disfigured.
Broken.
Defective.
Why is it the things you want most are those you can never have?
I've learned the most important battles are the ones worth fighting for… and maybe some things are worth waiting a lifetime for.



It's no secret that I love A.M. Hargrove's books, I think, considering the fact that the last three of her that I reviewed were all five-star-reads. I'll be waiting is a spin-off of Craving Midnight, the last one of those five-star-books and I loved it.
The moment I saw Midnight's name, I was doomed. I couldn't not love this book. Okay, no, actually that's not true, I fell for Lee and Rusty right from the beginning but Midnight being mentioned and realizing the connection, well, that sealed it. 

Lee and Rusty are both such amazing and strong characters and you just want them to be happy. Add those characters, an intriguing story and a pinch of mystery, lots of feelings and wonderful friends and you get a story that'll keep you reading till the end  - and never wanting it to end.
Seeing Lee and Rusty fall for each other after everything they've been through, Lee's story and the way her story is linked to the depot café and her great-grandfather's story, - I loved every single page of this book!
It was funny, captivating, romantic and simply great, a wonderful albeit somewhat short read that I can definitely and wholeheartedly recommend.

★★


Donnerstag, 5. April 2018

Glamour of Midnight by Casey L. Bond










Blurb: 

 Nineteen-year-old Karis has been blind since birth, but for some reason, she can see through the wall of smoke that separates the human lands from those of the Faeries that rule in grand courts on the other side. Most of the time, the only thing she can see on the other side of the wall is the swipe of a tail or the trailing of a bony hand along the surface. But one day, a handsome faerie appears and sweeps her away into his world—a world that is being ravaged by an evil so dark and deadly, she fears she may never see her home again.

Loftin is a bounty hunter and he has been searching for Karis since she went missing from the Court of Ash. He needs to return her and collect the ransom. But the longer they travel together and the more he teaches her about what she is now able to see, the more difficult he finds the thought of letting her go. A fiery passion ignites between them, but with a monster tracking their every move, they must find a way to reach the Court of Ash before it kills them both.




The Sleeping Beauty part wasn't that obvious so if that is what you are looking for - take a deep breath - and enjoy an amazing and original book that will make you turn the pages faster and faster that has just a pinch of Sleeping Beauty in it.

I really loved the world that the author created. It is a harsh world, unforgiving, where people lose their lives (or their hands), where children go hungry and monsters are roaming the forests, guarding the walls and killing everyone who dares to leave the confines of the cities.

Being blind and turning up in the city as a child with nobody knowing where she came from, hasn't made Karis' life any easier even though Iric and his family are looking after her. Little does she know that somebody very powerful and very evil is searching for her. In fact - has been searching for her ever since she went missing and turned up in the city of Ironton.
Loftin, a bounty hunter, is going after a very special bounty, the young girl who went missing from the Court of Ash years ago and the price is high. Very high. But - will he really be able to betray her?

A fantastic world, a fairy tale whose monsters will keep you up at night and whose heroes will make you swoon and sigh and, well, maybe even kick some .... backs or shins, who knows.
I loved to read about the Courts and the Seelie fae, I feared the Unseelie and I really wanted the good guys to win. Whoever the good guys were.
A wonderful fairy tale that I can wholeheartedly recommend to everyone who loves to read about those monsters under your bed, in your closet, and in your forests. Especially those in your forests.

★★
 
 
 

Donnerstag, 29. MĂ€rz 2018

Release Day Blitz - Worth Every Risk by Terri E. Laine and A.M Hargrive



RELEASE BLITZ

Worth Every Risk


A Wilde Players Series Standalone Spin-off Novel
Authors: Terri E. Laine & A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2018



BLURB

Andi
He was my best friend since we were little.
Even though he was off limits, as we grew up, he became my forever, my everything.
But I couldn’t let my selfish dreams hold him back.
They say that if you love someone, you should let them go.
I did.
He became the world’s greatest soccer player.
Money.
Fame.
Beautiful women.
He had it all.
One thing I never expected was for him to walk back into my life again.
Chase
She was perfect for me in every way.
Once we kissed that first time, there was no turning back.
But I made a mistake by letting her go.
My need for her has only grown.
After three long years, I’ve decided to get her back.
Only I’m too late.
Someone has taken my place.
I don’t know if I still love her or if I should hate her.
One thing is certain.
She is and always has been mine.


Curious? 

Then check it out! My review will follow!

 

Dienstag, 27. MĂ€rz 2018

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks



   




Blurb: 

From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…

Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

 

Oh my goodness, this book really surprised me! After having read another dragon book that intrigued me, this book caught my eye and I just had to read it. I must admit that I had never heard of Kerellyn Sparks before so I had no idea what to expect. Let's just say that when I finished reading this amazing book, I went straight to a retailer's page and checked out her other books, adding the one or the other to my wishlist and... so on.
Yes, it was that good.
I loved the characters, both strong and capable, working together, believing in each other and, well, falling in love with each other.  The storyline was unique and intriguing, keeping me glued to my reader, laughing out loud, giggling and gasping and feeling with our hero and our heroine.

When a dragon kidnaps a little girl, it's Gwen who follows her and stays with her even if that means to hitch a ride with a dragon. Her talent to find out what ails those around her might come in handy because their kidnapper's country is plagued by a mysterious illness ..... or might it really be a curse?
Working together with the very handsome and captivating General Silas Dravenko, Gwen realizes that her life and her heart are on the line and a race against time and other odds begins...

I loved this book and I am so looking forward to exploring her other books as well!

★★★★



Release Day Blitz and review: The Consequence of Rejection by Rachel van Dyken



The Consequence of Rejection 

by 

Rachel van Dyken

Blurb:

You know the universe is trying to tell you something when you get struck by lightning, but only after getting hit on by the elderly, almost getting ran over by a semi, and running into the one who got away.
Why do they say it like that anyway?
Like I accidentally lost her when she was the one that got in the car with my best friend and left me.
The day after I proposed.
We were eighteen.
I wanted forever.
She didn't.
It's been ten years.
I tried to move on, tried to get married, had that same wedding crashed by my now best friend who says the only way for me to stop pissing off the universe, is to gain closure with the one woman I can't forget.
So I do it.
I embark on a journey down memory lane that not only lands me in prison but on the receiving end of a fist fight in front of the entire town, this naturally happens after drunken pool sex, climbing the same girls window, and getting threatened at gunpoint by her father.
To say the universe is trying to tell me something anything, is a giant understatement.
I just hope I survive the message.
And then, I hope I survive her--again.


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Excerpt: 
 
Full breasts spilled over into a small black bikini that left nothing to the imagination, it barely covered nipple for that matter, and the bottoms? Well she had to keep adjusting them lets just say high school bathing suits ten years later look small. 
In the best way possible. 
Head held high she walked right by me to Max, grabbed a shot, took it, then sucked the lime he held out in front of her. 
I growled. 
Max winked at me. “Something wrong, man?”
I reached for the non existent gun at my side, which just made him grin harder as he kept handing out alcohol to parents of toddlers. 
Because thats the type of party it was. 
Almost everyone started talking about their kids, retirement, stock portfolios, vacation time, and babies. 
It was almost too depressing for words. 
I had all those things but what I’d always wanted. A family. Babies. 
Maddy. 
She shared a sideway’s glance with me. 
I reached for her, but she pulled away and ran full speed towards the pool and did a giant canon ball. 
People cheered. 
While I watched as wet cold water ran down her curvy body, my gaze was so tranfixed on her erect nipples I’m surprised nobody pulled me aside about my current situation of arousal. 
Cold water. Fast. 
I chased after her, jumped in. 
And felt the warm buzz of alcohol fill my veins just as I popped up and saw Max follow, balls first, in my face. 
I ducked just in time so I didn’t get a fist full of balls. 
The guy only laughed once we both popped up. 
I swam towards Maddy, and tugged her against me. “Stop running.”
“I’m not.” Her breath came out raspy. “I’m just…reliving old times, isn’t that what you wanted? So we could have closure?”
Why did it feel like she was turning the tables on me. 
“Yeah,” I said slowly, “But—“
Her kiss was swift. 
Hard. 
Fast, and oh so very punishing as I gaped into her mouth and pinned her against he side of the pool. 
Music filled the air out of nowhere from somewhere outside, it pounded into my ears the way I wanted to pound into her. 
I grinned against her mouth as she wrapped her legs around my waist. 
And then Reid cast a shadow over us and started pouring vodka over our heads. 
Maddy tilted her head back and opened her mouth while I leaned in and licked it off her chin. 
People cheered. 
“Guys!” Someone yelled. “Keep it down, someones going to call the cops!”
“Cops?” Max laughed loudly. “I am the law, bitches!” The music blared. “Plus, we already got our cop here.” He pointed while I took another shot. 
People cheered. 
And then Maddy squeezed her thighs. 
Yeah the cops were coming alright. 


Review

Believe me, this is not the second chance story that you expected. Okay, maybe you were expecting something like this because unlike me, you know the other books in this series and met this very special group of friends already. Otherwise you are in for lots of unexpected fun, lots of chaos and - did I mention the fun? Oh, and the romance, of course. Jason and Maddy are meant to be and even though I understood why Maddy left, ages ago, I was really happy to see those two find each other again.

Max, Jason's friend...well, he is definitely one of those acquired tastes, I was never sure whether I loved him of hated him. He has a very strange sense of humor and to tell the truth, if he was a friend of mine, he'd drive me mad. Well, that sentiment is shared by Jason, actually. Sometimes, rather often, I must admit, his strange ideas and his "advice" may even be considered as helpful. 
This is a story about first love and second chances, about small town life and its restrictions, about moving on when your whole life is gone. Your reason for living has left - did you fight for it?
This is also a story about the things that change and the things that stay just the way they are. Because they are good the way they are, you know?
I really enjoyed reading this wonderful story by Rachel Van Dyken. Not my first book by her and definitely my last either.

 

Freitag, 16. MĂ€rz 2018

Look at this trailer for Glamour of Midnight by Casey Bond!



Do You Love Fairy Tales ?

Look, what's coming soon:

 

*When The Smoke Grows Thin*

The Beasts Come In.....

 



The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo- blogtour #TheBigBadWolf










Blurb: 

Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn't mean she'll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don't include an arranged marriage!

Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it's a stigma he can't escape. So when his neighbor Kensey--the girl of his dreams and his nightmares--proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.

Kensey and Slade aren't only from opposite sides of the tracks, they're from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their 'relationship', they might just make it out of this with their freedom.

You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn't turn into more...



This is not the first and definitely not the last book by Jus Accardo that I've read. Once again I was drawn in by the imaginative and well written story that kept me turning the pages till somehow the last one was turned far too soon.

Being the daughter of an alpha is not eyactly a ride in the park but, let's be honest, being an alpha's son isn't exactly the stuff dreams are made of either. Okay, nightmares perhaps, especially when your father is the father of the McAlister pack, a bully and a low life.

When the pressure to mate gets too much and the prospects are pretty bad, Kensey and Slade agree to fake a relationship inorder to get their fathers off their backs. Needless to say that Kenseys father isn't really pleased by her choice of a potential mate and creates the one or the other obstacle. With their personal freedom at stake, those two have to work together, to convince everyone that this relationship is the real deal. Not an easy thing with everybody teaming up against them and a rival to deal with as well who pushes every button in order to get his way.
And sometimes, more often than not, it is not even your rival or those around you that are your worst enemy but yourself.....

Slade's father has worked hard at trying to turn his son into a copy of himself. Considering everything that went down and that he made him do, well, it might be understandable why Slade is torn and has a hard time accepting that maybe he isn't really a bad guy. Or a bad wolf. Whatever.
Kensey fights hard for her freedom but in the end - will that be enough?

★★



Dienstag, 13. MĂ€rz 2018

Demon Escape (Resurrection Chronicles #4) by M.J. Haag




 She did it again!




 Blurb:

 Eden Terry survived the first ring of hell only to end up in the second one.

With nothing but a trowel and her wits, she's determined to escape the work camp holding her prisoner. She dreams of finding a safe haven and living in the new, devastated world on her own.

However, surviving alone after she escapes proves more difficult than she ever imagines. While running from zombies and hellhounds, a new creature emerges. This one isn't after her blood. He wants much more.

Eden must decide who the real devils are between man and demon. Choosing wrong could cost her life; choosing correctly could lead her to the haven she's been searching for.



Okay, this book is amazing! I laughed so hard sometimes and I giggled and gasped and, once again, loved every single page of it! I loved reading about Mya and Drav in the other books (and I also loved to learn more about them as well) but Ghua and Eden are also a very sweet and entertaining couple.

 Drav was sweet and protective, Ghua is even more loving and also a fierce protector. Even though he is still a bit naive, he understands her well and respects her efforts to be independent and in charge of her own life while still keeping her safe.
Edens stubbornness and her fear of being hurt and robbed of her freedom, again, don't make things easy for them but Ghua wouldn't be fey if he would give up on her just because of some minor obstacles (no matter how big they may turn out to be...).

If you want to know how a book set in a world of destruction, where hellhounds and zombies walk around threatening the lives of everyone, can make you laugh out loud and giggle the whole book long and if, by chance you have a weakness for grey-skinned fey aka demons, well, this is the right book for you.
Truth to tell, I still haven't fully recovered from the other books in this series and still start to giggle whenever I see any bee-related books but this book made me even laugh more. I'm not sure if I'll ever fully recover from some of the scenes .... in a totally good way. ;-)

This book might be read as a standalone but it'll be much more fun if you read the others first.
And I can't wait to read more of these books....

★★
 
 

Die Schlange von Essex von Sarah Perry









Inhalt:

London im Jahr 1893. Nach dem Tod ihres Mannes verlĂ€sst Cora Seaborne die Hauptstadt und reist gemeinsam mit ihrem Sohn Francis in den KĂŒstenort Aldwinter. Als Naturwissenschaftlerin und AnhĂ€ngerin der provokanten Thesen Charles Darwins gerĂ€t sie dort mit dem Vikar William Ransome aneinander. Beide sind in rein gar nichts einer Meinung, beide fĂŒhlen sich unaufhaltsam zum anderen hingezogen.
Anmutig und intelligent erzĂ€hlt dieser Roman - noch vor allem anderen - von der Liebe und den unzĂ€hligen Verkleidungen, in denen sie uns gegenĂŒbertritt.


 
Puh, ich muss zugeben, irgendwie war ich mit etwas anderen Erwartungen an dieses Buch herangegangen. Anfangs begeisterten Sprache und Schreibstil mich noch und zogen mich in ihren Bann, dann konnten diese die SchwÀchen der Handlung leider auch nicht mehr ganz auffangen. Es gab durchaus interessante Passagen, wo ich mir Notizen machte und MotBilder hinterfragte, aber die eigentliche Handlung verlief zu wenig geradlinig, wobei auch gerade die Hauptcharaktere leider ein wenig blass blieben. Manches Mal erschienen mir die Nebenfiguren ausgefeilter als die Hauptpersonen.

Davon abgesehen hatte ich einerseits erwartet, dass die Liebesgeschichte prĂ€senter sein wĂŒrde. Diese gibt es zwar, aber man kann die GefĂŒhle nicht immer ganz nachvollziehen und so richtig, hm, "Liebe in unzĂ€hligen Verkleidungen" trifft es hier recht gut, manches Mal ist sie mir ein wenig zu gut verkleidet und, ja, ich gebe es zu, auch zu wenig romantisch.
Hinzu kommt, dass ich auch eine grĂ¶ĂŸere Auseinandersetzung mit den Positionen der Kirche und der Wissenschaft erwartet hatte, stattdessen traf ich zwar durchaus auf einen Vikar, aber auch auf eine Witwe, die ihrem Hobby immer weniger nachgeht und der die Wissenschaft irgendwie dann doch nicht mehr so wirklich wichtig zu sein scheint.

Hinzu kommen noch ein vermutlich autistischer Sohn und eine schwerkranke, lebensmĂŒde Ehefrau , sowie einige andere Personen mit ihren persönlichen Dramen und Problemen, so dass die Schlange und ihre Bedeutung manchmal etwas untergingen.
Als sehr unbefriedigend empfand ich jedoch letztlich das Ende des Buches, ansonsten wĂ€re meine Bewertung vielleicht auch insgesamt etwas besser ausgefallen. So hatte ich das GefĂŒhl, dass mir etwas fehlte, irgendein positiver Ausklang, etwas, dass das Ganze abrundet und fĂŒr mich positiv erscheinen lĂ€sst.
Sprachlich gesehen mochte ich das Buch dennoch, aber insgesamt gehört es leider trotzdem nicht zu meinen Jahreshighlights. 
 ★★

Montag, 12. MĂ€rz 2018

Schattenhauch von Tanja Bern

  

Inhalt:
Vor 30 Jahren löschte eine Katastrophe die moderne Welt nahezu aus. Die wenigen Überlebenden sind gezwungen, ein Leben wie in vergangener Zeit zu fĂŒhren – naturverbunden und ohne technische UnterstĂŒtzung.
Die siebzehnjĂ€hrige Amelie ist behĂŒtet in einer von riesigen FestungswĂ€llen umgebenen Siedlung aufgewachsen.
Eines Tages wird ein MĂ€dchen vermisst und Amelie wird gezwungen, hinter die Barriere zu gehen – in den undurchdringlichen Urwald, in dem unheimliche Schatten lauern. Begleitet wird sie von einem jungen Mann, den man einst am Rand der dĂŒsteren WĂ€lder gefunden hat. Auf ihrem gefahrvollen Weg entdecken die Suchenden die Ruinen einer untergegangenen Stadt – und dort lauern namenlose Schrecken ...
"Schattenhauch" ĂŒberzeugt durch eine gelungene Story in Verbindung mit gut skizzierten Charakteren und einem fesselnden Schreibstil. Dass es außerdem auch noch mit einigen DenkanstĂ¶ĂŸen aufwartet, macht es nur noch runder.

Kaum angefangen, ist man sofort in der Geschichte drin und es fÀllt schwer, das Buch, bzw. den Reader wegzulegen.

Mit Derlyn und Amelie, zwei Jugendlichen, die durch die UmstĂ€nde gezwungen sind, die sichere Welt ihres kleinen Dorfes zu verlassen und sich durch den Urwald zu schlagen, der nach einer großen Umweltkatastrophe vor etlichen Jahren das Land erobert hat, hat Tanja Bern zwei sehr sympathische und liebenswerte Protagonisten geschaffen, mit denen man sich gut identifizieren kann. Ihre Begegnungen mit den Schrecken des Urwalds und den Wesen, die durch die Umweltkatastrophe geschaffen wurden, halten den Leser in Atem.

Mir gefiel sehr, wie gekonnt hier ernste Inhalte und eine fantasievolle Geschichte miteinander verwoben wurden und ich habe die beiden Protagonisten sehr sehr gerne auf ihrer Suche begleitet.
Die lebendige und flĂŒssige Schreibweise und die gut konstruierte Geschichte sorgen dafĂŒr, dass es ein rundum gelungenes LesevergnĂŒgen ist, das ich guten Gewissens empfehlen kann!

★★