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Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto – Black Widow #2-11 (All-New Marvel Now Black Widow #2-11)
“Along came a spider.”
The Black Widow is probably my favorite Avenger and I do like the art style of this series. The thing is that the overall plot is kind of all over the place and often it feels like we really just follow her around on a few unrelated jobs. It also didn’t really help that in three issues right after another Bucky, Daredevil and Hawkeye showed up and every time love stories prior to the current events with them were implied. Seriously, Natasha can kick ass all on her own!

rating: 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 3, 2, 3, 2, 2 = 3,5

Marissa Meyer – Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5)
“Nothing makes an android feel more useless than when a human is crying.”
Read this before Cinder and Meyer really just throws one into her world of androids and cyborgs and plagues. It’s rather short and I couldn’t really get warm with the characters.

rating: 2/5

Sara Shepard – Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16)
““What are my thoughts on this whole ordeal?” she repeated, pausing to contemplate. And then she thought of the perfect answer. “Ali didn’t manage to kill us,” she said. “She only made us stronger.”“
The last book in the series… the god damn FINALE can you believe it?! Okay, Shepard has written an ending which would still allow her to return to the lovely town of Rosewood in case she wanted to, but still, it’s really over for now – and considering the train wreck of the last act, it’s actually a pretty neat ending. It’s over the top and that one twist was so easy to tell from the start but it definitely surprised me how much fun I had while reading Vicious. Probably going to reread the entire series at some point but I’m also looking forward to the second Perfectionists book and plan to check out the Lying game now – Shepard pretty much is my favorite guilty pleasure writer after all!

rating: 4/5

Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman – Thor #1-2 (Avengers NOW!)
„Worthiness should not be defined by the whims of magic weapons. Rise, my son, and let the hammer be damned. Rise and remember the hero that you are.” (issue 1)
Saw the cover of the first issue and simply needed to check it out! I love the approach of this series and it’s gonna be interesting to see where it is going.

rating: 4/5

Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”
Somehow I couldn’t get myself to really love this book although there’s enough of stuff in it which I love. You can sort of tell that it serves as a set up for the series and you need to meet all this characters first… and so far I couldn’t even determine a favorite among them. Going to try the second book later, maybe it really just takes a few more pages… also after reading the book, ley lines started to appear EVERYWHERE which was kind of creeping me out.

rating: 2/5

Lauren Oliver – Panic (Panic #1)
“She thought all you needed to do – all any of them needed – was to get out. But maybe you carried your demons with you everywhere, the way you carried your shadow.”
The best thing about Panic? It’s a standalone. This was too much drama and far too less of that game and frankly, I couldn’t care less about these teenagers and their tropes…

rating: 1/5

Marissa Meyer – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
“Even in the future the story begins with once upon a time.”
“uuu”
A bit of a slow start (though Glitches really helped to ease into it) and after 30 percent I was hooked. The modern retelling helps you to see where the plot is going and I just really liked Cinder and the moon queen as characters. There was also a sort of Sailor Moon vibe to some parts which made it even more awesome!

rating: 4/5

Catherynne M. Valente – Palimpsest
“She did not want to read this book from start to finish, or rather, she thought perhaps it did not want her to. Instead she practiced the art of bibliomancy, trusting the book to show her what it wanted her to know.”
I adore Valente’s writing, I do, and Palimpsest is written as well as ever. I feel like it’s one of these books that get better the more you read them because you understand them better. The best parts were always the ones in which the fourth wall is slightly broken… but my main problem was that I didn’t get the appeal of the city – it made sense for the characters but not for me.

rating: 3/5

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos – Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike (Pretty Deadly #1-5)
“It’s the dying that makes the living matter.”
Although I’m not a big fan of western anything (and completely missed that bit in the synopsis before ordering the volume… oops), I really enjoyed The Shrike. The frame story and its characters are awesome and the way mythology is mixed into everything was fun. I would have liked to see more of Alice though… maybe in the next volume!

rating: 4/5

pleasefindthis – I Wrote This For You: Just the Words
“I’m not scared of never meeting you. I’m scared of having met you, and let you go.”
The follow up to I Wrote This For You. It’s hard to read this book in the right order from back to back and therefore took quite a while to read… I love how you can simply flip to a page and find words that speak to you and the minimalist design befits it rather well. The lack of pictures in contrast to the first book was a blessing – I just don’t like the photography of the project although the poetry is superb. This book really is written for you.

rating: 4/5

Mike Carey, Peter Gross – The Unwritten, Vol. 6-10
“If words could kill…” (issue 6)
This series is love. Now all the major characters are on the board and show up then you least expect them and the story moves on in intriguing ways. I had some problems with the Fables crossover as I don’t know that series and it was knitted in at a point where I just wanted to know what happens to the main storyline… and the last volume made Tom so annoying at times that it went on my nerves. The next volume is coming in May and I can’t wait!

rating: 4, 4, 4, 3, 3 = 3,6

Marissa Meyer – The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles 0.6)
“But she was already vast and bright and endless.”
A retelling of The Little Mermaid which was beautifully bittersweet. I found the connection to Cinder a bit weak though and unneeded.

rating: 4/5

Anne Rice – The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2)
“Oh Lestat, you deserved everything that’s ever happened to you. You better not die. You might actually go to hell.”
That book was a nightmare… I spent nearly twelve hours reading it and I took n o t h i n g from it. I was intrigued about Lestat’s story after reading Interview With the Vampire but there is so little actual story, it hurts. Or better put, there are stories, but you feel like Rice was paid on page numbers and had to blow everything up terribly. Alone Marius’ story drove me nuts because his story is basically a novella which is only there to explain the significance of the ones who must be kept – and that could have been done in about ten pages for sure. Also the modern story was cut so short that it seemed comical. Still prefer the movie even though everyone else seems to hate it…

rating: 1/5

Helen Rappaport – The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
I haven’t read a proper biography in a long time and this book was a great one. The title is a bit misleading as Rappaport basically tells the story of the entire late Romanov family and only puts the girls a bit more into focus. The language is nice and there are a lot of footnotes with explanations. Similar to Plath’s diary the book has more notes in the back which is unhappy if you read the ebook version like me… I also don’t know whether the proper book has pictures in it, I would have liked them in between as there are quite a few remarks on certain pictures. I knew where this book was going of course and cried throughout the last chapters and I especially love the way Rappaport ends the story of the family and how she later tells what became of the staff. Maybe another chapter with reactions to their end by relatives would have been interesting but I didn’t miss it. Definitely a good start for anyone who doesn’t know anything about the Romanovs yet and an amazing read !

rating: 5/5

Thomas Glavinic – Die Arbeit der Nacht
“Er ertrug es nicht, der Nacht bei ihrer Arbeit zuzusehen.”
I found the set up intriguing: Jonas, the character, wakes up and is completely alone in the world. No other humans, no animals. He tries to figure out what happens and then, well, goes a bit crazy. He starts filming himself while sleeping and weird stuff happens in the night. It’s really well written and unpredictable. Sadly, Glavinic offers no payback for sticking with Jonas. We never learn what happened or the sense behind it; instead the entire story merely seems to be a platform for philosophical rambling. Shame.

rating: 2/5

Kiera Cass – The Epilogue (The Selection)
“Did you fight?”
“Are you kidding? That’s what we’re best at!” 
This is basically an extra short story/epilogue thing and with The Heir announced, it wasn’t hard to guess what would happen but still… the writing is so terrible and cheesy, it hurt plus all that tropes – just no.

rating: 1/5

 James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton – The Calling (Endgame #1)
“This is Endgame.”
Endgame has an interesting enough set up: 12 teenagers from 12 ancient lines/families competing for which line is going to survive the soon happening apocalypse. The chapters always follow a different character and in between are supposedly clues for a big treasure hunt in the real world. That treasure hunt is a marketing strategy and nothing else so I won’t even dig into it. Now, even though we lose a few characters on the way, 12 characters are a lot and naturally the focus settles on a handful. I couldn’t bring myself to care or like any of them and the writing was plain terrible. I lost count on how many times the above quoted “this is endgame” sentence was thrown in alone… not a series I will continue reading for sure.

rating: 1/5

Catherynne M. Valente – Myths of Origin
“Because you choose a course once, because you choose one sequence out of many possible, do not think it is the only time. You must choose it again and again.” (The Labyrinth)
Myths of Origin
collects four short novels of Valente and gives a really interesting note about her writing them and her thoughts about them at the end.

The Labyrinth: 5/5
You can get lost in Valente’s writing as well as in the maze. Once you get over the fact that this is about the words and the journey and not about sense, it’s an amazing read.

Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams: 1/5
Well… I didn’t get this novel like at all…

The Grass-Cutting Sword: 5/5
Most straightforward novel in the collection and it weaves the different plots together in a neat way. I especially liked the take on the monster and how it makes you question who really is the monster and the hero in the story!

Under in the Mere: 1/5
A retelling of the Arthur tale with each chapter giving a voice to a different character. Funnily enough anyone but Arthur. I don’t know the Arthur tale well enough to truly enjoy this and felt completely lost in it. None of the characters really did anything for me either.

rating: 3/5

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