Waiting on Wednesday #19 – “Darken the Stars”

We’ll only have to wait for a few more days…. FINALLY!


Title: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 302
will be published on September 8th 2015-

Expectation: DON’T RUIN IT!

What awaits us?

“Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.”

Why?

Have you read the Reviews on Goodreads? I’m really scared because Amy A. Bartol seems to have messed things up (in a good and a bad way). I don’t want to have everything in ruins (If I wanted that I could’ve just re-read the Hunger Games).
But still … I’m really eager to get all the answers to my questions.
My new mantra: … ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the ….

What is your WoW-Pick this week? Let me know!

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Waiting on Wednesday #17 – Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Oh, yes. I want this book so badly even though so many people called it to cliché.
If you haven’t read The Red Queen you should definetively check it out.

Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448
Will be released on February 9th 2016

Summary

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

by Goodreads

Why?

This is easy – I loved the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second one. (Even though she totally screw up and trusted the wrong people, but hey, I’m not known for making right decisions all the time either.)

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Sea of Stars (Kricket #2)

A few months ago the sequel of Under Different Stars was released and I’ve read it as fast as possible but didn’t really feel like reviewing it at once.
But now the fans of the Kricket-Series need to know what awaits them.

Title: Sea of Stars (Kricket#2)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 320
Released: March 31st 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 ★

 picture and Summary by Goodreads.

What’s coming?

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

Opinion

It’s true. This book suffers from the “sequel”-disease. Before you read any further, you have to keep in mind that this Opinion will be full of spoilers (sorry). Just let me say that you should totally read the second book if you are a true fan and can handle a few downs.

Here’s why:

– The book is clearly just a “transition” to the third book and to make up for that Amy Bartol filled the book with so many cheesy scenes between Trey and Kricket, I couldn’t really take it that much longer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved that couple in the first book because the dosage of “Kricket-and-Trey-Moments” was perfect, but now it’s clearly an overdose. Sorry.

– Why is it an overdose? I mean, they are so cute and sweet and and and … because, they are running away from that psycho Kyon what feels like the whole book aaaand …. I’m not prude but seriously I don’t need 60 % of Trey and Kricket just making out while the world is being torn to shreds. In the beginning there was some confused fighting against them and then some others and … WHAT?! There was not much “story” in this book, it contained what felt like 2 days or so.

– BUT there was a great surprise (thank God, I would have been so disappointed if not!): Kricket’s little sister. Oh, yes. Kricket has a little sister who was taken away by Kyon (PSYCHO!). Yes, this was one huuuuuuge turn-around and I’m loving it! This adds a new spice to the mush, Amy Bartol … “created”. *sigh*

– … aaaand I still love the boys, Trey’s squad. Whatever happens, you need some funny lines from Jax. Or one of the others. Always.

Yeah, you can read it. I did. It wasn’t that bad. I just wished it would’ve been better.

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#QuickTip: “Cruel Beauty”

Because I’m currently sick and can’t really do anything without coughing and grabbing more tissues because of my runny nose, I’m doing this really enjoyable book in a #QuickTip.

“This house has many dangers. I cannot save you from most of them.”
I let go and forced a smile. “I wasn’t born to be saved.”


Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Pages: 342
Rating: 5/5 ★

Summary

“Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.”

by Goodreads.

Opinion

I just wanted something light and sweet for my train ride to University and I was totally surprised what whas hidden behind this beautiful Cover.
While “Beauty and the Beast” was my favourite Disneymovie when I was younger, I’m still excited to read anything in that direction. Fairytale-Remakes are annoying half the world but I’m still in love with them (If they are as enchanted and twisted and beautifu as the originals, of course).
This one didn’t disappoint me – I was absorbed by the story (I just wanted to read few pages and put it aside for later but NO WAY.) and I was delighted that I couldn’t put all the pieces together after 100 pages (what is typical if you read a fairytale-remake because you already know the story)
Many readers won’t approve of what I’m saying right now – but I loved the female protagonist, Nyx. She was bitter, she was cruel and she was already a little bit cracked. She wasn’t the perfect heroine but she was the best she could be. Nyx showed me that there are always the two sides to every person – dark and light (I don’t like the terms “evil” and “good”).
… and yes, I’ll admit it. The male character was intriguing as well *sigh*

An Ember In The Ashes

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Released:  April 28th 2015
Pages: 446
Rating: 4/5 ★


Summary

“What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?

For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice.
For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite soldiers. With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power.
When Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape.


If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.
But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.”

from Goodreads.

Opinion

Phuuu, this book was something! It started out as confusing as it ended but I liked it.
Firstly, the way of writing is pretty good, you get a sense of all the brutality and violence surrounding the main characters Laia and the Mask Elias.

It reminded me very strongly of “The Young Elites” just with more violence and a significant part missing: Hope. I searched for it but everything the characters do or survive or live through seems to be … meaningless. There is just more blood, more desperation waiting for them (Okay, except the last ten pages).

This is the reason why I’ll take one star away from my rating – Hope should be worked into the story as an underlining common thread. Yes, clearly, I’ve enjoyed the read (to stay awake until 2am to finish this book is an obvious indication), but I’ve never seen the hope Elias and Laia are definitely having (everyone has hopes, right?) until the very end.

Never mind this disappointing flaw – everything else was superb. The brutality, the violence and the creepy ruler ship of that “Empire” scared the crap out of me (Even though I didn’t fully understand this political system…).
… and I loved that delicate romance going on between those very fascinating characters of Elias, Hel, Laia and that red-haired Resistance-boy (I forgot the name. He wasn’t that interesting I suppose).

Also, Laia really learned so much in that “short” time. At the beginning she was a coward but she managed to survive a brutal master and much more brutal treatment. I like strong characters that start out weak. It’s realistic that you’re scared and have to learn to become brave. So, thumbs up for this one!

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Love Letters To The Dead

Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Released:  April 1st 2014
Pages: 327
Rating: 5/5 ★

Summary

“It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. […]

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.”
from Goodreads.

Opinion

I should probably admit that it didn’t got me from the first page. I was warily and unconvinced because the main character – Laurel – was so young and I didn’t believe that I could connect with a 14-year old girl.
But I was wrong. This has nothing to do with age itself, more with “coming of age”  and the problem nearly everybody faces: to find yourself while you’re losing yourself in other people.
My english isn’t developed enough to describe the beauty of language, music and story in this book but I’ll try.
There are three things I really liked: The way Laurel spoke about music and art (the Letters she wrote to Kurt Cobain and Amy Whinehouse), the way she made me understand that music and biography of the artists aren’t two different things and how everything that’s broken can be fixed – not perfect & neat, but glued together and beautiful.

There are a few lines I’d like to quote:

” […] He plays the guitar so well, you wouldn’t believe it. But he doesn’t have a band. And he doesn’t try really hard to get one. He mostly plays alone in his room instead. That’s what Kristen says.
I think he does this for the same reason Hannah doesn’t turn in her work when the teachers say she is smart.
I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

Bam. There you have it. One of my biggest fears and it seems that everyone else is afraid, too.

This is just a tiny piece of what I was touched by and I really recommend you to look into this beatiful book.
Also, I’ve started to listen to Nirvana and Amy Whinehouse again, because I feel … connected.

However, the lesson I’ll remember from this book is simple: Don’t think about what life is supposed to be like and look at what it could become. Life is not perfect that’s what makes it so real.

“Magonia” – You tricked me!

 Title: “Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Released: April 28th 2015
Pages: 309
Rating: 3 / 5 ★

Summary

“Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming (No, she doesn’t. I’m sorry, but this is the start of a misleading Summary!).
Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. (… no! You can’t say it like that because it arouses expectations which can’t be fulfilled!)
Where do her loyalties lie?”

Opinion

It’s so hard to give a book objectively nearly 5 stars while you feel like you’ve been betrayed by the Cover and the misleading Summary all along.
This story is truly beautiful and makes you long for more … BUT!
I knew I was going to be disappointed because I’ve got my hopes so high that even J.K. Rowling might’ve had trouble fulfilling them.
We’re going to make it very easy here – I can recommend this book without doubts, but you have to make yourself clear that there is no promised “war” and that “fate”-thing going on! This is misleading and a very wide interpretation of what’s really happening.

Aza is a great main character, she’s smart (usually) and sarcastic and her death seems to be unavoidable (because of that lung disease, remember?). Jason, her best friend, is also quirky and smart which makes them a perfect team.
Well, I was waiting nearly over 70 pages to finally get to the “Magonia”-Part and after Aza finally discovered that she was actually magonian – this is where the book is starting to fail (slowly). I loved reading about the world where sky ships are sailing the winds and clouds, accompanied by bats and whales and stormsharks doesn’t that sound amazing?!.

But there was no time for exploring, adventure or so as I’ve hoped for, Aza was told what to do and she did it and then she didn’t and the book was over. I’m trying not to spoil youthe story, okay? It was a bit too … thin. This book could’ve been made into a 400 pages opening of a beautiful series, surrounding Magonia, Aza and Jason and all the struggles they’re facing together. So many questions are unanswered and I’m not satisfied. This book had definately not enough pages!
I just sat there thinking nothing but “Really?! That’s it?”.
I was waiting for the “Awesome-Factor” to kick in but it didn’t because my expectations were to high, remember?.
BUT despite these little flaws I’ve enjoyed the way of writing, the characters and the wonderful world Maria Headley created.
I’m googleing right now if there’s going to be a sequel (I hope so!).


… THERE IS! Someone on Goodreads is saying that the sequel is coming out in April 2016. … I CAN’T WAIT!
There you have it – another bad Review unhelpfull and confusing for the reader.

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#QuickTip #6 – “Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Trilogy” (Laini Taylor)

 English Version below
Wieder einmal ist es Zeit, euch eine Reihe ans Herz zu legen (auch schon abgeschlossen. (zumindest im englischsprachigem Raum! YES!), die mir wirklich die Kinnlade runterklappen ließ. (Okay, das erst ab dem zweiten Buch, im ersten Buch muss man erstmal mit allem klarkommen. Irgendwie 😉 )

Titel: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Autor: Laini Taylor
Erscheinungsjahr: 2012
Seiten: 496

Was würdest du dir wünschen, wenn du nur eine Perle deiner Kette opfern musst, damit dein Wunsch in Erfüllung geht?
Wo würdest du hinreisen, wenn du bloß durch eine Tür gehen musst, um nahezu alle Orte der Welt zu erreichen?
Wie würdest du dich fühlen, wenn du den falschen Mann liebst, er aber die Antwort auf alle deine Fragen ist? Karou dachte, sie wüsste, wer sie ist. Doch dann kommt es zu einer Begegnung, die alles verändert … Eine Liebe, die älter ist als die Zeit. Und ein Kampf, bei dem ALLES auf dem Spiel steht. Der erste Band der Serie, die die Welt erobert.” (von hier)

Okay, da dieser Klappentext wirklich nur nichtssagende Anspielungen macht, packe ich hier ein wenig mehr aus.

Es geht um Karou, eine Kunststudentin mit blauem Haar, die in den Gassen Prags immer wieder in das Versteck von Grimstone, ihrem Eigentlich-Ziehvater findet.
Grimstone hat einen außergewöhnlichen Laden – er handelt mit Zähnen. Und Wunschsteinen. (Keine Ahnung, wie die deutsche Übersetzung dafür ist, im Englischen hießen sie jedenfalls “Wishstones”).
Karou bereist durch magische Wege die ganze Welt, um aufzutreiben, was Grimstone von ihr verlangt.
Tja und dann geht so einiges schief (Sie verpatzt nichts), aber da taucht plötzlich dieser gruselige Kerl auf – Akiva. Nachdem da erstmal Zeter und Mordio abgeht und der Leser nicht genau weiß, was das eigentlich soll, kommt man den Geheimnissen langsam auf die Schliche.

Der erste Band ist wie ein Aufwärmtraining, denn im zweiten und im dritten Band kommt dann der Kram, bei dem einem die Kinnlade runterfällt. Es mag schwer sein, in die ersten 50 Seiten des Buches reinzukommen, aber erstmal geschafft, wird man dafür auch schön belohnt. Glaubt mir!

Leider gibt es in Deutschland scheinbar nur die ersten beiden Bücher übersetzt. Aber ich glaube, wer sich reinliest, kann die Serie auch mit dem letzten Band auf englisch abschließen 😉

   

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You’ve heard correct – more Smoke, more Bones, more EXCITEMENT.
This is one of my favourite series (Yes, I seem to have a lot of favourites but I said it in some post earlier – there is no “only favourite” for me. I’m a really undecisive person :D) and I want to provoke some curiosity.
… and yes, there are so many more books to come 😉

Titel: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Year of Publication: 2011
Pages: 418

“Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

Make yourself ready to battle through the first 50 pages (or so) and to be rewarded for hanging on with an epic story of a Fantasy World, different from any other one you’ve come to know. You will get to know Grimstone, Karous “father”, “Master” or whatever you want to call him, her closest thing she is getting to a mother (some very special women. I don’t want to spoiler anything :D) and her really fascinating live, surrounded by secrets, whishstones and some more secrets, she has to deal with.
Secrets are the best! Thank you, Laini Taylor!739260

Part I: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”
Part II: “Days of Blood and Starlight”
Part III: “Dreams of Gods and Monsters”

           

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“A Wicked Thing (Sleeping Beauty)” by Rhiannon Thomas

As promised: I’m back and finished the book with the beautiful cover.

Title: “A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Released: February 24th 2015
Pages: 337
Rating: 3/5 ★


What’s the book about?

“One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.”

Opinion

I was really cautious with my expectations. It sounded and looked wonderful, but I wasn’t sure, if it could live up to the standards I’ve set the moment I saw the cover.
Never mind, this book is good. At least, it’s not bad. I’m really not sure, if I like it or not.
The Protagonist – Aurora – is always calm, thinking, dealing with this situation she’s trapped against her will. Apparently. She could walk away, the moment she wanted (she knows that) but she doesn’t.

We’re tossed into a kingdom, 100 years after Aurora went for her magical nap, were the throne is passed on (seemingly) every 20 years. Someone murders the old king and becomes the new king while the people are starving.
There are rebels, riots everywhere, cruelly punished by the King – Aurora’s future Dad-in-law.
The three “possible” interesting matches of Aurora are either a bitter rebel from the streets, the kind but rather clumsy Prince Rodric or the charming but smart Finnigan, Prince of a country behind the great ocean waves.
I couldn’t really connect to Aurora, because she was too calm. Yes, in the end she stood up (in her way) to the “bad guys”, but I expected rather a real spectacle not just hide and seek, if you know what I mean.
The problem is: I still haven’t figured out who is “good” or “bad”. Okay, I get it, who the bad guy is, but who can you trust?


One big flaw: Aurora does not know what she wants. She doesn’t really even try to find out. Someone who doesn’t know what he or she wants is basically someone who does not know who he is. Who is Aurora? (It’s okay to not know, what to do, but not know, what to want is really difficult for a character. She has no direction, no motivation and loses depth)
After finishing the book I asked myself just one question: What’s the point?

Despite these flaws, I enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
“A Wicked Thing” should be recommended for those of you  who can bare a more silent, subtile book. .. Is it silly, to like Celeste, the Witch who cursed Aurora? Well, I do. Maybe you’ll do, too.
Read the book to find out.

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“Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

 4/5 

(English Review below)

Dieses Buch hat mich wirklich sprachlos zurückgelassen und ich bin mir noch immer nicht sicher, ob das gut oder schlecht ist. Meine Eindrücke sind noch frisch, denn ich habe dieses wunderliche Werk vor gerade mal einigen Minuten zur Seite gelegt. Aber erstmal von vorne anfangen, eine Zusammenfassung ist sicherlich hilfreich.

Titel:  Die Farben des Blutes

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Seiten: 512

Preis: 9,48 €

Zusammenfassung

“Rot oder Silber – Mares Welt wird von der Farbe des Blutes bestimmt. Sie selbst gehört zu den niederen Roten, deren Aufgabe es ist, der Silber-Elite zu dienen. Denn die – und nur die – besitzt übernatürliche Kräfte. Doch als Mare bei ihrer Arbeit in der Sommerresidenz des Königs in Gefahr gerät, geschieht das Unfassbare: Sie, eine Rote, rettet sich mit Hilfe besonderer Fähigkeiten! Um Aufruhr zu vermeiden, wird sie als verschollen geglaubte Silber-Adlige ausgegeben und mit dem jüngsten Prinzen verlobt. Dabei ist es dessen Bruder, der Thronfolger, der Mares Gefühle durcheinander bringt. Doch von jetzt an gelten die Regeln des Hofes, Mare darf sich keine Fehler erlauben. Trotzdem nutzt sie ihre Position, um die aufkeimende Rote Rebellion zu unterstützen. Sie riskiert dabei ihr Leben – und ihr Herz … ”

Meinung

Ich wollte eigentlich nur mal reinstöbern, ein Gefühl für die Geschichte kriegen, aber als ich die ersten Seiten durchgelesen hatte, gab es kein Halten mehr. Der Schreibstil ist flüssig und wirklich gut, genau so wie die Charaktere. Ich konnte mitfühlen (tue es immer noch, ich glaube ich befinde mich in einem Trauma-ähnlichem Zustand) und war genau so verzweifelt, wütend oder bodenlos entsetzt wie die Hauptperson, Mare.

Zwar hat man als geübter Leser, wenn ich das mal so sagen darf, immer ein Gespür dafür entwickelt, bei welchen Personen man Gänsehaut kriegt und denen mal definitiv nicht trauen kann, aber ich war trotzdem entsetzt, als sich meine Vermutung bestätigte.

Wer hier eine cheesy Liebesgeschichte erwartet, den muss ich enttäuschen. Natürlich spielen die Beziehungen der Prinzen und Mare eine große Rolle, aber es wird deutlich klar, dass die nicht im Vordergrund steht wie bei “The Selection” beispielsweise.

Viele hatten geschrieben, sie fühlen sich durch die Geschichte auch stark an die “Hunger Games” oder die “Selection”-Reihe erinnert, und ich kann zumindest für letzteres auf jeden Fall den Grund sehen. Das, was Kiere Cass absolut außer Acht gelassen hat und was auch die größte Schwäche dieser Reihe war: Die Politik, die tatsächlichen Lebensumstände, Revolution und viel tiefgründigere Charaktere.

Jetzt bin ich durch mit dem Buch, werde den zweiten Teil auf jeden Fall lesen, aber ich fühle mich genau so hilflos und furchtbar entsetzt zurückgelassen wie mit Marie Lu’s The Young Elite.

Die Geschichte beginnt fast unschuldig, ein Land im Krieg, ein Land mit einer monarchischen Ordnung und ein Mädchen, dass einiges verändern kann. … Und dann kommt der Punkt wo eigentlich nur noch alles kollabiert und es gab nichts, was man hätte dagegen tun können.

Ich bin furchtbar gespannt wie Aveyard das alles auflösen wird, denn Beziehungen, Freundschaften und Vertrauen ist wichtig und darüber will man auch lesen, aber hier wurde man in Verzweiflung und Trümmern zurückgelassen.

Ich hoffe so sehr, dass das alles noch ein gutes Ende nehmen wird und nicht für die politische Revolution, sondern auch für die zerstörten Freundschaften und Liebschaften. (Ja, ich liebe Happy Ends)

Also auf jeden Fall lesenswert und einen Stern Abzug ist der Tatsache verschuldet, dass ich jemanden von Anfang an misstraute und ich es grauenvoll finde, wenn sich Vermutungen bestätigen (hier waren die Hinweise zu offensichtlich)

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This impression is as fresh as it could be, because I finished the book just minutes ago. And I’m really torn, I have a revival of the feeling connected with Marie Lu’s The Young Elite. I really wanted to like this book  … and I think I do. And at the same time I don’t. However, first of all you need a summary to know what the story is about.

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 400

Price: 9,48 €

Summary

“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Opinion

This book is good stuff. Technically, I just wanted to read a few pages to get a feeling for the story, because there are some other books I didn’t finish yet. Forget it. After reading about five pages, the story got me.
I love the style of writing and I really love the main characters, Mare and everyone else on the Royal Court. The reader is introduced to a country, where separation, hunger and poverty are the daily life’s of the “Red” (red blooded people, basically they’re slaves) and the “Silver”, superhumans with silver blood who are cruel and hungry for power.
The few reviews I skimmed for this book compare it often to the “Hunger Games” or the “Selection”-Novels. I don’t think that’s true, nothing in this book (except for the word “Arena” and some fights) reminds me of Suzanne Collins books, but the “Selection”-Novels is another thing.
I feel as if this book is the actual “Selection”-novel, but not with cheesy love stories, where no politics or rebels, cruelty, loss and a lot of blood is discussed, while Victoria Aveyard did everything right. Our main character, Mare, isn’t indecisive and flat as America, she’s strong and willing to do what it takes to free her people.
But there is a lot of despair and damage involved and that’s why it reminds me more of the “Young Elites” than of the Hunger Games.
Please don’t expect a story just concerning a teenie love triangle; this book is so much more. This world is created as real and threatening as possible, there is no nice palace to hide in, there are just enemies who are watching every step you make.

This book gets a lot darker in the last 100 pages and I was devastated to find my suspicions confirmed (there was something odd about this one person and I was SO right!). I hope very much that all the destroyed friendships and relationships are restored or at least fixed, because there should be more in the hearts of the main character’s than hate (Just my opinion, everyone likes it differently. I guess.)

I SO recommend this book. If you read the “Selection” and were missing a big part – READ THIS! If you liked the Hunger Games, the Young Elite or at least something not so “sunshine and roses”, this is definitively the book for you!

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