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Imogen Howson – Linked (Linked #1)
“She’s not a sociopath.  She’s damaged, that’s all.”

I liked the setting of the story and the overall world but found the entire twin thing incredible boring. Couldn’t Howson use clones instead? Lin is a bit too talented for my liking, the end happens to fast and everything works out a bit too perfect. Not sure whether I want to read the next book in this series…

rating: 2/5

J.R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
“You’ve won the evolutionary lottery: You’re a vampire. Let’s go to Disneyland!” 

I had the BDB books forever on my hard drive and decided it was about time to actually read them. Ward isn’t reinventing the genre – it’s the good old alpha male finds soul mate goes through major drama but gets a happy ending kind of storytelling. And just like in the Carpathian Series we start off with the royal leader (plus the Dark in the title here always is Lover) but yeah. It’s nice to have different POV although I pretty much skipped through the lesser parts as I found them boring without end and the characters tended to be pretty funny.

rating: 3/5

J.R. Ward – Lover Eternal  (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
“You are a manipulator.
I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.” 

If you read lines of foreshadowing, get them and don’t want shit to go down but of course it goes down… yeah, not so great. But at least Ward isn’t scared to kill a beloved character off.

rating: 4/5

J.R. Ward – Lover Awakened  (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
“I’m not broken, I’m ruined. Do you understand the difference? With broken maybe you can fix things. Ruined? All you can do is wait to bury me.” 

The flashbacks to what happened to Z work and overall you can tell that Ward really likes him. I also didn’t see the thing about the Reverend coming – the last scene was also very sweet although unwisely put considering the following books.

rating: 4/5

J.R. Ward – Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
“I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.” 

I don’t particularly like Marissa… although the scene where she stands up and declares that she’s the head of her house was rather brilliant. I dunno, Butch is nice and his change is as well but did he really also needed to be related to Wrath? Although it should be interesting to see whether we’ll ever go back to what his mother said and meet his real father in the series…

rating: 3/5

Jostein Gaarder – Sophie’s World
“Life is both sad and solemn. We are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other—and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.” 

This book is so good! I marked something on nearly every page and really enjoyed the journey with Sophie and Hilde. I would have wished for the ending to be slightly different – especially with this thought of Sophie and Alberto being controlled by the major who himself may just be the character in a story- but still, what an amazing read! Probably going to read some of Gaarder’s other works soon.

rating: 5/5

Lauren Oliver – Before I Fall
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” 

The idea was great and I really enjoyed reliving the day with Sam. In a way I am even glad she didn’t get her life back so to speak but it would have been nice if the ending would have given more of a reason why she relived it or who made her do so if that makes sense.

rating: 4/5

J.R. Ward – Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
“Terrific. A bisexual dominant vampire with kidnapping expertise.” 

I was as blind as Butch about V and his feelings – sorry but I somehow didn’t see his bisexuality. This book was the foundation for an issue I really disliked: the Primale business. Meh, no thank you. And the solution for Doc Jane? Could have been avoided if she wouldn’t have needed to be shot as well in the first place…

rating: 3/5

Nick McDonell – Zwölf [engl.: Twelve]
“Ich hätte die Geschichte nicht anders erzählen können. Manches habe ich erfunden, aber das meiste stimmt. Ich wurde mehrmals operiert und inzwischen geht es mir gut.”

I wanted to read this book because I wanted to watch the movie at some point and it sounded interesting. I don’t get the novel. Not at all. Too many characters, not one likeable one, a wired storytelling, flashbacks which don’t move the story forward, a pretty bloody ending… whatever. Maybe McDonell should have left it at the end without the last pages from White Mike’s POV and it would have given a different impression… 

rating: 1/5

Jenni James – Cinderella (Faerie Tale Collection, #4)
“For this is the tale of how a young lost prince and a neglected girl learned to overcome all their doubts and fears to become the greatest king and queen of their kingdom.”

My ‘favorite’ part of this tale was probably how it’s stated in the beginning that kissing is like improper if you are not at least engaged, the protagonists keep kissing all the time but are not sure about their feelings… yeah. Also the entire household knows about Ela having a visitor but her nasty stepmother and stepsister don’t? Yeah, logic isn’t necessarily James strong point in this tale… it’s all too easily playing out and the pacing is off.  

rating: 1/5

J.R. Ward – Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6)
“For him , life was a coin that had disaster on one side and waiting for disaster on the other” 

How I just don’t like Phury and his wizard… seriously, I get that Ward needs to show that he’s an addict and everything but the whole time he simply annoyed me with his disability to stick with his decisions. I also didn’t like the fact that he kind of gets the easy way out in the end of the whole Primale business.

rating: 2/5

J.R. Ward – The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide
“Scars, though, left wounds on the inside of you, and as with skin that didn’t heal right, you still felt the rough spots from time to time.”

What’s good about this book? The short story about Z and his daughter as well as the little scene with Phury’s young. But the rest? Ugh. The interviews were terrible and just stupid – I dunno but fictional characters interacting with their author? Not working for me. And it may be nice to read a bit about the writing process of a series but Ward downright turned these sections into a whole manual – if she’d want to write a book for aspiring writers with all the how to’s she could copy and paste most of the sections. Overall it wasn’t what I would expect from an insider’s guide to a series like this. 

rating: 1/5

Sarah Kuttner – Wachstumsschmerz
““Warum ist ein Video, in dem ein Kaktus rasiert wird, Kunst?”
“Nun, im einfachsten Fall, weil es irgendwas mit dir macht.”
“Es macht mich aggressiv. Reicht das?”
“Absolut!”“

The only complain I have about this novel would be the open ending, the rest was perfect and I especially liked the main protagonist.

rating:4/5

Jenni James – Rumpelstiltskin (Faerie Tale Collection, #3)
”“You are not a fool! My goodness, who does not stumble every now and then? We all do.”
“Yes, well. Me more than most, I am certain.”“

K. asked me on Goodreads why I didn’t like this tale and I wrote a rather long answer… basically the problem for me is that this tales bring no new twists to the originals. James just tries to bend them into a romance no matter what but in a way that they seem for an age group from 10-14 – and that age group doesn’t allow for an ‚explicit’ romance (and with explicit I mean more than some kissing in this context) and that stops the whole thing from working. 

rating: 1/5

Cassandra Clare/Maureen Johnson – The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles, #4)
“How they loved each other, these three, how they had suffered for each another, and yet how much joy they clearly took from simply being in the same room.” 

Accidentally read book 4 before 3 but I don’t think it matters much. Magnus only purpose in this story is to give Clare an excuse to show the triangle from the Infernal Devices again some years later – which is nice but she really shouldn’t do as the ending of that series was pretty good and could be spoiled to easily if she keeps going back now – and the son of Will and Tessa. We get an introduction to an interesting plot but it basically ends there. Maybe Clare and Johnson will go back to this but somehow I don’t fully believe it…

rating: 1/5

Jenni James – Hansel and Gretel (Faerie Tale Collection #5)

The twist saved the rating. I just can’t get warm with this series and logical errors – like for example the beginning where Gretel’s family gets killed, people could recognize her but she still goes by her true name. Because as long as you say it’s one of your sister’s many brats it won’t raise any suspicion. Ugh, right. Most definitely NOT reading another one of these!

rating: 2/5

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