Je suis Charlie

Je suis Charlie

Mittwoch, 24. Januar 2018

Her Sister's Bridegroom by Jane Bonander #HerSistersBridegroom #NetGalley



 Okay, this started nice but...






Blurb:

When Robbie Fleming is evicted from her Edinburgh rooming house, she fears she’ll have to live on the street. Penniless, orphaned, and on poor terms with her only relative―her fraternal twin sister, Birdie―Robbie has nobody to turn to.

But then she receives a letter from Gavin Eliot, the man she has pined for since she was a girl. Although Gavin (and every other male within miles) seemed head over heels in love with flirty and vivacious Birdie, his letter holds a surprise: He wants to marry Robbie. Thrilled by the proposal and her change of luck, Robbie accepts, landing on his doorstep with little more than the clothes on her back.

Bookish Gavin always has his head in the clouds. When Robbie shows up at his borderlands manor, he’s astonished―he realizes he’s unwittingly proposed to the wrong sister. But with Robbie in need of a home and Gavin in need of a wife, they come to an understanding. Will Robbie’s heart heal from the betrayal? And will Gavin learn to love the last woman he ever expected?



Unfortunately, this book couldn't really convince me. What initially might have been a nice story got blurred by a cacophony of mishaps, catastrophes, villainous deeds and tragedies.

No matter what happened, every time I thought about the things that could possibly go wrong - they happened and more. No matter how terrible someone behaved, no matter how unlovable someone proved himself to be - someone fell in love and married them.

Lots of drama, rather simple characters, and a story that couldn't really hold my attention in the end - unfortunately not a book that I would recommend.



Dienstag, 23. Januar 2018

Destiny's End by Apryl Baker and Jonathan Yanez is out!







by 
Apryl Baker and Jonathan Yanez



Giveaway:















Blurb:


War.

Rebellion.

Treachery.

Loyalty.

Valeria Dendali Riverthorne wanted no part of these things, but they were thrust onto her. She came to Atlantis looking for a place to call home, not to head up a rebellion. When she arrives, she and her crew are arrested on sight for aiding and abetting a known criminal, her grandfather Tobias Blood, but then Ileana, leader of the Thieves Guild, rescues them from certain death and welcomes her to the growing rebellion as the future queen.

Everyone is pushing her to be something she’s not, but she can’t abandon the people of Atlantis to the cruel ruler Kronos…or the crazed magician Hera, who has plans of her own regarding the throne. Valeria is thrown into a world that makes no sense to her and is forced to make hard choices—choices that will follow her the rest of her life.

With the help of Dragons, the lost city of Atlantis that has been cut off since the last true heir died, and some new weapons, it’s up to Valeria to save the home she’s always searched for.
But will it be too late?




Infraction (Players Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken





When the tight end is the right end...😉 











 Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.
Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

 

Wow. Simply wow.
I'm not sure if I would have picked up this book if I had known that I would sob my way through two or three whole chapters but I would have so missed out on something really special. Because this book is special.

Amidst all the sad parts there is always laughter and hope, there's love that helps people to deal with the loss, that helps them to go on and there's the kind of family that is not determined by blood relations but by the way people care for each other and are there when the other one needs them This is also a story about letting go and setting free and it's about learning that even though you set somebody free it might just mean that everything changes  - and for the best.

Love, laughter, hope and new beginnings despite the loss and the sad parts, wonderful characters who have found the way to your heart before you even realized that that's where they are heading for and a story that is just right - this book is amazing!

I can't even tell who I loved most because all those characters are unique and wonderful. I loved Em and Sanchez but I also loved Miller and Kinsley and, of course, Jax and....oops, read for yourself! Oh, and don't forget Marco. He is sweet and fun and is such a ray of hope and sunshine that you just have to love him - once you've packed away your hankies.

Full of action and emotions, this book is an amazing story that you won't want to miss.

★★



Sonntag, 21. Januar 2018

Live on January 22nd - Shiver by Suzanne Wright


Want so see another side

of

Suzanne Wright?


You might know her paranormal romances 
like her Phoenix series or her Mercury series but

Shiver

 is different and I think it will be definitely worth checking it out:



  

Blurb:
 
Kensey Lyons has never had ‘normal’. Instead, she has a mother who lives in her head, a stepfather who’s on death row, and the stigma that comes with being the child of an extramarital affair. Writing has always been her escape. Knowing the reception her books receive will be tainted by her personal life, Kensey secretly writes under a penname when she’s not working part-time at her godmother’s bar. Her world might not be exciting, but she likes it exactly as it is.

When she meets alarmingly compelling businessman Blake Mercier, the snap of attraction is instant. She doesn’t like it. Doesn’t want to be drawn to this man who is blatantly dangerous, carries dark secrets, and lives life by his own rules. Neither of them make a great first impression on the other, so she’s more than surprised when he begins to pursue her with a single-minded focus that is unsettling, thrilling, and infuriating. Her gut tells her to keep her distance, but Blake won’t let her run. Won’t give her space.

There’s another person who won’t give her space. Someone who has discovered the secret of her penname and who seems intent on taunting her. And as Kensey struggles to identify her persecutor, Blake is by her side, determined to keep her safe … because Blake Mercier always holds tight to what’s his. Always.





Boy in a White Room von Karl Olsberg











Inhalt: 

Ein packender Thriller, in dem nichts ist, wie es zunĂ€chst scheint. Auf spannendste Weise spielt Spiegel-Bestsellerautor Karl Olsberg in diesem Jugendbuch mit den Gefahren virtueller Welten und kĂŒnstlicher Intelligenz und wirft fundamentale philosophische Fragen nach RealitĂ€t und IdentitĂ€t auf. Spannung bis zum Schluss, mit einem Twist, der den Atem raubt!
Eingesperrt, ohne Erinnerung, erwacht Manuel in einem weißen Raum. Er weiß weder, wer er ist, noch, wie er hierher kam. Sein einziger Kontakt ist eine computergenerierte Stimme namens Alice, durch die er Zugriff auf das Internet hat. StĂŒck fĂŒr StĂŒck erschließt sich Manuel online, was mit ihm passiert ist: Bei einem EntfĂŒhrungsversuch wurde er lebensgefĂ€hrlich verletzt. Doch wie konnte er diesen Anschlag ĂŒberleben? Ist das tatsĂ€chlich die Wahrheit? Und wer ist Manuel wirklich?




Puuuuuuuh....mit dieser Rezension habe ich mich etwas schwer getan, weil ich das Buch selbst eigentlich sehr genial und interessant konstruiert fand, aber dann ĂŒber das Ende stolperte, das ich persönlich als recht unbefriedigend empfand.

Aufwachen und nicht wissen, wo man ist, ist nie wirklich gut. Noch weniger gut ist es allerdings, wenn man ganz alleine in einem weißen Raum aufwacht und sich an nichts erinnert. Genau so ergeht es jedoch Manuel. Auch als schließlich Menschen da sind, mit denen er interagiert, kann er sich an nichts erinnern, zunehmend beschleicht ihn jedoch das GefĂŒhl, dass nicht alles so ist, wie die Menschen um ihn herum ihn glauben lassen wollen.
Manuels Suche nach der Wahrheit und seinen Erinnerungen, wird dadurch erschwert, dass es ihm immer schwerer fÀllt, zwischen Wahrheit und Fiktion zu unterscheiden, genauer, wem er eigentlich glauben soll.

Genau wie Manuel selbst, schwankte ich immer wieder, war einen Moment ĂŒberzeugt, genau zu wissen, was hier gespielt wird, um im nĂ€chsten Moment wieder alle Theorien ĂŒber den Haufen zu werfen und die nĂ€chsten aufzustellen.

Insgesamt ist die Geschichte intelligent und faszinierend konstruiert, wĂ€hrend die Charaktere zur Geschichte passend eher etwas blass und zweidimensional bleiben. Gut zu lesen und spannend geschrieben, lĂ€dt das Buch den Leser zum Mitraten und Mitfiebern ein. Auch der eine oder andere Denkanstoß zum Thema Fiktion/Virtuelle RealitĂ€t und RealitĂ€t, sowie den Einfluss, den die ganze Technik, die uns heute zur VerfĂŒgung steht, auf unser Leben hat, findet sich hier im Buch und regt zu interessanten Überlegungen und Diskussionen an.

Knapp vier Sterne, da ich mich mit dem Ende immer noch schwer tue, auch wenn das Buch ansonsten wirklich sehr gut ist.

★★


Samstag, 20. Januar 2018

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare










Blurb:

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

 

Oh my ...I really really loved this book! I've read other books by Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed reading them as well but The Duchess Deal, well, that one went straight on my list of "most beloved books" because of its wit and its charm and its wonderful and absolutely amazing characters.

I giggled and chuckled and maybe even swooned and laughed out loud and I loved every single page of this book. Two wonderful people finding love and happiness under the most singular circumstances is always a nice story, at least when it is as beautifully written as this one but its wit makes it so much more. This is one of those books that you turn to when you feel a bit blue and need something sunny and warm. One of those books that draw you in, make you feel with the characters and that with each time you read it, get even more special and more precious and that never fail to make you feel right.

With all the teasing going on between the two, you feel them getting closer and falling a bit more for each other with each dumpling, cherub and whatever pet name Emma uses while their servants are plotting and scheming and trying to help, you can't help but fall in love with all of them. I finished this book yesterday but it has been lying next to my place and I found myself reading and rereading some passages and once again giggling and smiling all the time.

I was curious and had to read this book because everytime this book was mentioned somewhere, people started to tell how funny it is and how wonderful and amazing and...well, they were right. It is that good and it is that amazing and I am so looking forward to the next book in this series!

★★
 
 
 

Freitag, 19. Januar 2018

"Pheromon - Sie riechen dich" von Rainer Wekwerth und Thariot







Pheromon 1: Sie riechen dich





Inhalt: 

 
Stell dir vor, du bist siebzehn Jahre alt. Du stehst vor dem Spiegel und entdeckst in deinen Augen einen goldenen Schimmer, der vorher nicht da war. Aber das ist nicht alles. Plötzlich kannst du die GefĂŒhle der Menschen riechen, brauchst keine Brille mehr und löst die schwierigsten Matheaufgaben im Kopf. Irgendwie cool.Irgendwie verstörend.Noch wĂ€hrend du dich fragst, was mit dir los ist, beginnt ein Abenteuer ungeahnten Ausmaßes. Ein Kampf um das Schicksal der ganzen Welt – und du bist mittendrin.


Dass ich die BĂŒcher von Rainer Wekwerth ausgesprochen gerne lese, ist, glaube ich, kein Geheimnis mehr, wenn man mal in meine ganzen Rezensionen guckt. Hier bei Pheromon machte mich natĂŒrlich allein schon die Tatsache neugierig, dass er es zusammen mit Thariot geschrieben hat. Thariot sagte mir erst mal nicht viel (sorry, falls du hier reinliest), aber das Internet erklĂ€rte mir, dass er Science Fiction, Thriller und Fantasy schreibt. Yup, das klang vielversprechend und ich war sehr gespannt, besonders, als ich dann das erste Mal dieses tolle Buch sah, dass ja ein echter Eye-Catcher ist!

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich mich erst einmal etwas schwer getan habe mit dem Erkennen, dass es sich bei der ErzĂ€hlung um zwei verschiedene Zeitebenen handelt, fĂŒr mich hĂ€tten die KapitelĂŒberschriften wohl doch etwas kontrastreicher sein mĂŒssen, damit ich die Zeitangaben richtig wahrnehme.

Wie von  Rainer Wekwerths BĂŒchern gewohnt, lebt das Buch von Spannung und Action in einem wohlausgwogenen VerhĂ€ltnis, das dafĂŒr sorgt, dass die Seiten nur so dahinfliegen. Einmal angefangen, habe ich das Buch bis zum (bitteren) Ende nur noch selten aus der Hand gelegt. Es war unwahrscheinlich spannend, mit interessanten und vielschichtigen Charakteren, mit denen man als Leser mitleidet, mitfiebert und mitbangt. Gerade die Hauptfiguren, die sich sozusagen in zwei Teams sammeln, gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut.

Das Buch wendet sich an junge Leser zwischen 14 und 17 (aber auch Ă€ltere Leser wie ich, können damit ganz offensichtlich immer noch viel anfangen), viel jĂŒnger sollten sie vermutlich auch nicht sein, da das ganze Jugendlichen-Risiko-Paket von Alkohol, Drogen und auch Gewalt zwischendurch zum Tragen kommt. Nein, natĂŒrlich ist es nicht schön, dass sowas darin vorkommt, aber ganz ehrlich, es ist auch nicht brutaler als so manches MĂ€rchen und letztlich, wenn man sich den Trend der letzten Jahre, spĂ€testens seit den Tributen von Panem anguckt, ist der Themenbereich in den BĂŒchern Jugendlicher auch nicht wirklich etwas Neues mehr.

Auch wenn ich den Autoren das Ende etwas ĂŒbel genommen habe und es streckenweise etwas verwirrend fand, bin ich absolut gespannt auf den zweiten Band, der dann hoffentlich nicht mehr allzu lange auf sich warten lĂ€sst- Aber selbst wenn, wenn er auch nur halb so gut ist wie dieser, ist er das Warten auf jeden Fall wert! Mir hat das Buch wirklich gut gefallen und ich kann es auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen!

★★