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Mike Carey; Peter Gross –  The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity 
“We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves.” 

Got a recommendation for this series and it’s so unbelievable good – I basically love everything about it!

rating: 5/5

Hanns Cibulka – Heimkehr der verratenen Söhne: Tagebucherzählung

Diary entries of an old man telling about his everyday life and his friend’s, TONS of nature descriptions and in between memories of the war… I didn’t get this book or why it was ever published… it was all pretty meaningless and boring.

rating: 1/5

Patrick Ness – More Than This
“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”

The blurb sounded a lot like Elsewhere to me so I picked this book up – and for the first half it really reminded me of it. After the first twist I was a bit disappointed with the direction it took… and although it makes you always want to read on, the conclusion was too weak for me. Also the last confrontation didn’t make any sense… still an interesting read.

rating: 4/5

Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever | Bloodfever
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with.“ [Darkfever]

Romance novel set in Ireland with a lot of mythology in it – sounded good to me. Darkfever and Bloodfever are the first two novels in the series and they are okayish. Storywise not much has happened yet – yeah, there have been events but you could easily throw them all into one novel, you see? Building the world takes way too long, especially if you’re familiar with urban fantasy and fairies, and there is no real twist to it. But the main problem are the two main characters so far: Mac and Jericho.

“I’m asking the questions tonight.” One day I was going to write a book: How to Dictate to a Dictator and Evade an Evader, subtitled How to Handle Jericho Barrons.” [Bloodfever]

Mac doesn’t really change in the two books. She remains pretty damn annoying and naive. There are a lot of tropes around her character and instead of enhancing her, they just make her less likable. Jericho also has a lot tropes but at least there’s still some mystery around his character and intentions (also I love how he handles Mac).

There are already a few really problematic scenes in this first two novels going into a direction I really don’t need (i. g. rape) and overall it’s just not motivating enough to continue the series.

rating:3/5 | 3/5

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