Rebecca Martin – Und alle so yeah!
“Bis vor Kurzem war ich noch ein junges Mädchen, das die Zeit damit verbracht hat, erwachsen zu werden. Zumindest nach gesellschaftlichen Maßstäben. Und erwachsen sein bedeutet, für sich selbst Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Das macht mir so große Angst, dass ich jeden Morgen als Erstes ins Bad renne und mich über die Toilettenschüssel gebeugt erbreche.”
Up to a certain point I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of thoughts and feelings of the main character I could relate to… sadly the story became forced towards the end and rather… uninspired.
Marissa Meyer – The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5)
“With that one kill, he had ensured that she would never turn him into a monster. He knew it as sure as, somewhere on the surface, the long, long day was coming.”
It was interesting to learn a bit more of the moon society but maybe it would have been more interesting to not learn so much about the army? Like it would have been nicer to be left in the dark whether there was an army and what kind of army? Ah, whatever.
Lovis Bergman – Limbus
“Wir verbrachten ein paar Stunden im Hotel, und wenn ich von ihnen genug hatte, ging ich ins Bad, wusch mir den Ekel aus dem Gesicht, warf beim Weggehen ein paar Geldscheine zwischen die nackten und besudelten Körper und verschwand, ohne mich noch einmal umzudrehen.”
Bergman added too many heavy themes into this small book and gave too little conclusion to any of the plots – and the message that love is the strongest force? Didn’t come across for me at all.
Catherynne M. Valente – Oracles: A Pilgrimage
Valente’s language is as amazing as ever and the idea behind this collection is pretty good too – but again I felt like I only understood half of what she tried to get across… maybe the poems get clearer during repeated readings? I liked the beginning and end the most.
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
I am not fond of the circus or circus themes in general… but The Night Circus made me long for such an attraction and to really be the ‘you’ wandering through it.
Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian – Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)
“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. a burn for a burn. a life for a life. that’s how all this got started. and that’s how it’s going to end.”
I knew about the one huge revelation in this part beforehand but it truly was blatant obvious… I really would have preferred if they had left the supernatural aspect out of the series. Seeing the aftermath to the first book was interesting and the way the book ends on a bang was fantastic!
Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian – Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3)
“Years from now this will be what I remember when I remember my spring break senior year. It will be this moment right here. The smell of chlorine on his skin. The way the sun dips slow into the water before it disappears. The first time I ever told a boy I loved him.”
After the end of book two I was really intrigued to see how it all wraps up but oh well… Mary’s story is handled in a weird way and it pretty much turns into Lillia’s story instead of the trios. Especially the ending with ‚that’s what happened to everyone later’ was terrible. Too many cliches and meaningless plot.
Dirk Bernemann – Asoziales Wohnen
“Aber hey, es ist ja nur eine Familie. Es ist ja nur meine Familie. Es ist ja nur alles.”
I still enjoy Bernemann’s writing style although it really is a bit all over the place in this novel. The concept was cool and there were a bunch of interesting characters but due to the strict concept it felt too forced. The entire novel takes place pretty much during one week in one house – half the people in the house die and none of the deaths actually come as a huge shock. And the way the writing of the novel is included inside the novel was cheesy as hell.
Naoko Takeuchi – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1
“My name is Tsukino Usagi. I am 14 years old and in 8th grade.”
Better than the Sailor V manga and you can see the parallels to Chrystal pretty clearly – but if I hadn’t watched the anime, I most definitely wouldn’t continue reading the series. It’s okay but some moments are just too cheesy and the art isn’t very great throughout the volume.