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Kouyu Shurei – Alchino 01+02
“No matter what demons you face outside… don’t fight them with the ones you have inside” – 02
The plot sounded interesting enough and the artwork is nice. Sadly the story itself is pretty weak in the two volumes and it’s rather difficult to tell everyone apart. Not going to pick up the last volume, especially as the series was axed anyway.

rating: 3/5 | 2/5

Sylvia Day – Captivated by You (Crossfire #4)
“My wife would fight the world for me. It was miraculous to know that. When no one else had fought for me, I’d somehow found the one soul who would.”
This is all filler and no substance. I still like Eva and Gideon but that’s about it.

rating: 2/5

Si Spencer, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade – Bodies
“VERTIGO brings you a graphic novel with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London.”
Great plot and art and rather original. I really love following different story arcs which connect at some point. Also Shahara Hasan was such an outstanding character, loved her! Only the ending was a bit too… simple?

rating: 4/5

Alexander Grecian – Rasputin #1-5 
Amazing artwork and an interesting approach to the character. I love it if a comic uses visuals for storytelling and isn’t full of text and it’s done really well here! There is one really cool twist at the end which makes me look forward to the next issues. Also RASPUTIN – what alone says it all, no?

rating: 4/5 | 4/5 | 5/5 | 4/5 | 5/5 = 4.4/5

Robert Kirkman – The Walking Dead, Band 2: Ein langer Weg
It’s interesting to actually see a different season in this universe for once (seriously, I can’t recall any season change right now in the TV series) and how it brings more problems for the group.

rating: 3/5

Jenny-Mai Nuyen – Noir 
“Wieso nehme ich das alles auf mich? Wieso ist Noir wichtiger als ich? Wieso soll sie leben, wenn ich sterbe?”
The blurb sounded so promising and the beginning is really great. You wonder about Nino’s ability and Noir and want to figure it all out – but their relationship didn’t really come across as believable. Also it’s pretty much a stupid idea to try to explain supernatural stuff – the reader doesn’t need that explanations or you should really pull it off. Nuyen doesn’t. We see far too little of the other mentor and at the ending I didn’t really care anymore.

rating: 2/5

Marina Keegan – The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories 
“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.”
Not a big fan of short stories and the ones collected here gave me nothing. I actually liked the few snippets of her poetry though!

rating: 1/5

Robert Kirkman – The Walking Dead, Band 3: Die Zuflucht
The group gets to the prison and it’s really exciting! Just a bit scared that the next few volumes will now all play here and that the excitement is going to wear off, just like in the series…

rating: 4/5

Katie Kacvinsky – Still Point (Awaken #3)
“He was like a book, where each chapter picks up pace until you can’t put it down. That’s when you know you’ve made a friend – when you want to read more of his story.”
Kacvinsky is really great in Maddie’s journal entries – probably my favorite parts in all the books. This book was so terrible that at times it got funny. I guess it could have been better if the second love interest had been introduced before and hadn’t been such a convenient plot device… the entire arc around her father was so unbelievable and ridiculous… and I won’t even start with the final solution to everything.

rating: 1/5

Nick Spencer – Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future
““I guess you think this is some kind of character-building exercise, too, then??”
“Do you REALLY think the last thing I’m gonna do before I die is admit someone else was right??” ”

Not sure about this series. There are interesting bits and pieces but if I had read it in issues rather than the collected volume, I’d probably already have abandoned it. Maybe the second volume will get more interesting, the artwork itself is pretty neat.

rating: 2/5

Sebastian Niedlich – Der Tod und andere Höhepunkte meines Lebens
Reminded me a bit of the Death books by Terry Pratchett, pretty funny read. Really liked the idea of Death going around catching the souls who turn into butterflies. The solution at the end wasn’t the most original but otherwise I can’t really say anything bad about this one.

rating: 4/5

Jennifer Niven – All the Bright Places
“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
Oh dear… such a great read! Yes, you can call out the illness pretty quickly and what’s likely to happen but still you hope it doesn’t… Loved the changing of perspectives, loved the last few chapters, the characters – everything here was perfect and hurt.

rating: 5/5

James Dashner – The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
“It’s kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong.”
I already saw the movie adaption a while ago and liked it and now finally read the book. It’s a good dystopian novel and makes you want to find out more. The slang is a bit annoying at times.

rating: 4/5

James Dashner – The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
“Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

The strongest book in the series! God, I couldn’t stop reading and I have no idea how they want to adapt this into a movie – seriously, the beginning alone is an A+ horror movie opener. It’s pretty cool to mix everything up with Theresa gone and the assigned roles for everyone.

rating: 4/5

James Dashner – The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)
“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me.”
One step forward, three back. That’s how the plot moves and how Dashner gives out answers. It made me sad that one of my favorite characters died in the end and that it’s not very original at the end – I don’t know, I expected another twist.

rating: 4/5

James Dashner – The Maze Runner Files
“WICKED is good.”
The files cleared up the timeline for me and gave really nice context.

rating: 4/5

James Dashner – The Kill Order (The Maze Runner 0.5)
“Let’s get this started, people. It won’t be long before we all lose our minds.
As much as I liked his style, at some point Dashner’s writing gets repetitive. He overuses the dream flashbacks and end of chapter cliffhangers which is sad. I had zero interest in any of the characters and their fates, the only interesting bits were context to the Flare which I deeply missed in the main series.

rating: 1/5

Crystal Renn, Marjorie Ingall – Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves
“We can always find each other, we girls with secrets.

rating: 2/5 | thoughts

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