(Skulduggery) Pleasant News!

No, I haven’t finished a book yet, but I just need to really quickly share my happiness about a book announcement.

Just flipping through the pages of Derek Landy’s newest book American Monsters- The Demon Road Trilogy and guess what fell out of the pages: A flyer telling us about a new upcoming Skulduggery Pleasant novel, to be published in 2017! I’m already loving the thought of getting to read another of those books. I loved them and I was just devastated that the series ended.

 

Who else is excited about this and what upcoming books are you looking forward? Just leave me a comment and spread the love of books!

 

Der letzte Engel by Zoran Drvenkar

“Hier lies das mal. Ist ein wenig seltsam, aber vielleicht magst du es ja.”. Und auf einmal hatte ich dieses Buch in der Hand. Ein ansprechendes Cover in schwarz-weiß, ein mir bisher unbekannter Autor. Da ich aber vorerst andere Bücher viel dringender lesen wollte, wanderte Der letzte Engel erstmal ins Bücherregal. Bis ich ihn vor ein paar Tagen herauskramte und aufschlug.

Motte ist ein 16jähriger Junge, der eine seltsame E-Mail erhält, dass er, sobald er  am nächsten Morgen aufwacht, tot sein wird. Er versucht, die Nacht über wach zu bleiben, schläft aber unbemerkt ein und erwacht am nächsten Morgen tatsächlich tot. Zu allem Überfluss hat er ein paar Flügel bekommen. Als wäre das nicht genug, ist auch noch Die Bruderschaft hinter ihm her. Mona und Esko suchen nach Motte, sie sind, die ihm die warnende E-Mail geschrieben haben, und Lars versucht, seinen besten Freund Motte zu finden.

So viel Potential diese Geschichte an sich mitbringen mag, es wird in diesem Buch bei Weitem nicht ausgeschöpft. Der Autor beherzigt den Rat, den Leser mit dem ersten Satz mitten in eine Situation hineinzuwerfen, leider beginnt das Buch mit den Worten “Und dann halten sie an einer Tankstelle.”, was in mir gleich den Wunsch weckt, das Buch wieder beiseite zulegen. Hinzu kommen diverse andere Sätze wie “Er war am Verbluten.”. Da kringeln sich mir sämtliche Zehennägel. Nicht nur der Sprachgebrauch lässt an einigen Stellen zu wünschen übrig, auch die Geschichte wird sehr verworren präsentiert. Was als Mysterium wohl die Neugier des Lesers wecken soll, wird im Fall dieses Buches eher frustrierend. Anrechnen muss man dem Autor jedoch, dass er es am Ende schafft, alle Stränge sinnvoll zu verknüpfen. Und kaum sind alle Stränge verknüpft, endet das Buch. Ein offenes Ende, denn anscheinend hat mein Glück wieder zugeschlagen, immer das erste Buch einer Reihe zu erwischen, ohne bis zur letzten Seite auch nur zu ahnen, dass es sich um einen Mehrteiler handelt. Das Buch wird gegen Ende zwar besser, den zweiten Teil werde ich jedoch nicht lesen, jedenfalls werde ich darin kein Geld investieren.

Dieses Buch bekommt 2 von 5 möglichen Goldsternchen.

Supernatural: Mythmaker by Tim Waggoner

As a fan of the show, I usually preorder the upcoming Supernatural novels. I enjoy the new stories with my favorite hunters and the authors almost always manage to catch the tone of the show so you can basically see and hear the characters speak.

Mythmaker, the 15th Supernatural novel, plays out between “Hibbing 911” and “The Things We Left Behind” in Season 10. The Winchester brothers travel to Corinth, Illinois, where a teenage artist brings gods to life who fight each other for the ultimate power and immortality, for in the end there shall be One. The brothers have to work fast to avoid even more casualties.

Just as I mentioned earlier, the novels usually do a great job of catching the show’s tone and bringing the beloved characters alive in our heads. Tim Waggoner’s second Supernatural novel is no exception. Dean’s sarcastic comments are on point and sometimes it’s just like Jensen and Jared are reading the lines to you. Along with a great story, this books takes us back to Dean’s and Sam’s teenage years and the author links those storylines beautifully.

For Supernatural fans this book is an amazing addition to the fan experience.

This book gets 4,5 out of 5 possible gold stars.

What I read while I was away…

I haven’t been writing here lately because I just lacked the time. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. Before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I read The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes from the Outlander- series, Der Erdbeerpflücker, Das nackte Gesicht, I have reread almost the whole The Mortal Instruments saga and I started reading Otherland and Supernatural: Mythmaker. I even got in a couple of pages of Ich weiß, dass du lügst and A dance with dragons. For each finished book I will write a few sentences (except TMI, I have already written something on this blog about those amazing books and I stand by what I said). I will do so in the language I read the individual book in.

 

The Fiery Cross

I love all the Outlander books. But I have to admit  that this one was the weakest yet. Still really well written but the story just didn’t catch me. I felt like nothing whatsoever was happening. Looking back, I know that is not true but I just didn’t feel the ‘I can’t turn the pages fast enough and I’m glued to them’ I usually do with books from that series.

I give this book 3 out of 5 possible gold stars.

 

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Finally, I had my Outlander feeling back on. I started this book immediatly after I finished the one before and there I was- glued to the book, not able to put it down. Some of my favorite book character ever with a good story and great writing. The only thing that darkened my view of the book was that after the end I couldn’t just grab the next one and read on. But book number seven and eight are definetly on my Christmas wish list.

This book deserves 5 out of 5 possible gold stars.

 

Der Erdbeerpflücker

Schon länger hatte ich diese Romanreihe von Monika Feth ins Auge gefasst, alleine weil ich die Cover unheimlich ansprechend fand. Dementsprechend sagte ich nicht Nein, als man mir das Buch leihen wollte. Kurz und gut: Ich war froh, für diese Büchreihe kein Geld investiert zu haben. Ich konnte mit dem Charakteren nicht wirklich etwas anfangen, der Schreibstil war verwirrend und die vielen uneindeutigen Perspektivenwechsel machten das Buch nicht gerade zu einem meiner Lieblingsbücher. Dazu kommt eine Vorhersehbarkeit, die ich gerade bei Kriminalromanen und Thrillern so gar nicht schätze.

Ich tue mich mit niedrigen Bewertungen immer ein wenig schwer, weil ich weiß, dass in solchen Werken unheimlich viel Herzblut und Arbeit steckt, dennoch kann ich diesem Buch leider nicht mehr als 1,5 von 5 möglichen Goldsternchen geben…

 

Das nackte Gesicht

Mal wieder einen Thriller von Sheldon lesen. Für mich bisher immer eine gute Idee, denn Sidney Sheldon gehört zu den Autoren, die mich noch nie enttäuscht haben. Ich habe alle seine Bücher im Regal, leider noch nicht alle gelesen. Auch dieses Buch enttäuscht nicht. Spannend geschrieben, unerwartete, aber plausible Wendungen bis kurz vor Schluss und einfach ein tolles Leseerlebnis.

Ganz klare 4,5 von 5 möglichen Goldsternen.

 

This was basically it. If you want to know more about a specific book on this list, just leave a question in the comment section.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“The eighth story. Nineteen years later.” This is what it says on the book. As someone who had most of the other books on publication date and finished them two days later just to start reading them all over again, I was exited about the new book. But I also had my doubts. Would the cursed child live up to my favorite wizard of all time? Would I like Harry as an adult? Since I was never really on board with the whole Ginny and Harry/ Hermione and Ron- thing, I was sceptical. After reading Harry Potter and The Cursed Child I am still not really sure.

The story continues right where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us. Albus is going to Hogwarts for his first year and is worried about getting into Slytherin where he doesn’t want to be. On the train, he and Rose look for a place to sit on the train and find Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son, alone. Albus decides to stay, Rose leaves. What maybe no one expected: Harry Potter’s son becomes best friends with Draco Malfoy’s offspring. And the Sorting Hat does put him in Slytherin, to the shock of the whole school. The play fast forwards a bit through the first couple of years, we learn that Albus is no good at flying and his only friend remains Scorpius.The story is really set into motion on the day before Albus leaves for his fourth year of Hogwarts. Amos Diggory pays the Potter home a visit with his niece Delphi and demands that Harry use a time turner and save Cedric. Harry of course refuses that there even is a time turner left. Albus overhears and feels that he has to right one of his father’s wrongs. He and Scorpius excape from the Hogwarts train and visits Mr Diggory in a home for old wizards.

Although this isn’t really a novel like the other books but a theater script, the old “OMG it’s a new Harry Potter book” feeling kicked in at once. I was right back there. Although it is a little weird to have someone not like going to Hogwarts because we spent so many years with Harry dying to go back there and loving every second despite what Snape and Malfoy and life threw at him. We’ve come to know and love Harry and to see his son’s perspective- a perspective that doesn’t paint Harry in the best light- takes a little bit of getting used to. The story plays out and with some of the stuff I am just dying to know how they are putting this on stage. There are some points of the story which I trouble with to fully get behind but this is something for the spoiler section (see below). The important thing though is that we are left with the same feeling for Harry as before. All is right in the end.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet if you want to go and buy and read a copy, I hope I could help you decide. I loved it and I just couldn’t put it down.

 

This book deserves 5 out of 5 possible little gold stars.

 

 

Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler… you get the drill.

 

I mentioned earlier that I have some points of the story that do not really add up for me. The biggest one is the whole ‘Voldemort had a child’ thing. I just can’t imagine him getting someone pregnant. But I’m willing to look past that one eventually.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The final book in a series is always a fight between two emotions: “Omg, it’s finally here.” and “Oh no! I’m so sad. I can’t believe that it’s already over!”. The final one of The Selection isn’t any different.

The first three books were just amazing, easy to read, emotional and a protagonist that was just how I love them. I was sad when it was over and so happy when I heared there were to be two more books. When I read The Heir, I have to admit, it disappointed a bit since the main focus shifted from my beloved America to her daughter Eadlyn who I found highly unlikable and now I had to see her start a Selection to find a husband. The book ended just when I was kind of beginning to like her and it ended with America being on death’s doorstep.

The Crown did not disappoint, it is just as wellwritten as the other Selection novels. It starts with what fans wanted to know most: Did America survive and will be she well again. Eadlyn steps in as regent to give her father time to process and get through this difficult time. This is were the picture of her a snobby and cold princess starts to be shaken. Cass lets us see behind that mask and we are introduced to a person that we can actually relate to. She struggles through the days of hard work, the difficult phase her family is going through and through her own feelings for the remaining boys which she can’t quite make out in the beginning. And the nearer we get to the end, the more I actually found myself liking the princess. Nonetheless, I found it was easier to read the first three books, the last two novels describe the process of the held Selection from the opposite point of view and for me it was not the easiest thing to switch positions here. I couldn’t really get the suitors’ names straight, even in the Elite I had some names that wouldn’t stick because I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to properly “meet” them. Nevertheless, the book made me smile, it made me laugh and it actually made me shed some tears, with sadness and with joy.

Did Eadlyn pick a husband? That much I can say: She did just as promised in the of The Heir. Did she pick who I thought she would choose? She didn’t pick the one I actually believed Cass was going to write as the future prince but she certainly chose someone that I had my eye on from the very beginning.

 

All things considered, this was a nicely done ending to the series but not quite as brilliant as the third book. But that might just be me having difficulty to meet a whole new main protagonist and seeing America so far in the background in the last two books.

This books gets 4 out of 5 possible little gold stars and I’m impatiently waiting for what Kiera Cass has might have in store for us next.

Demon Road: Desolation by Derek Landy

After Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy amazed with the start into a whole new story with Demon Road in which Amber discovers she is a demon and not only her but her parents and their friends, too. She then has to run from them because the only reason she was born was to be eaten by them so they could keep and grow their demonic powers and complete their offering to the demon that made them what they are. In Desolation Amber and Milo are running from the Hounds of Hell who are send to bring her to the Shining Demon who wants to punish her for betraying him and their journey leads them to a town called Desolation Hill. A mythical border keeps the Hounds out and seems to provide a safe haven for Amber and Milo- if it weren’t for everything that’s wrong with this all too nice town.

The book is amazingly written and kept me glued to the pages from the first sentence (“They were all alive when she walked in.”). We get to meet new characters and to reunited with characters we met in the first book. Which leads to having a whole bunch of names you have to remember. That was sometimes confusing because I couldn’t place the names right away which is really my only real point of complaining about this book and it might just be me being bad with names.

Usually with the second book of a trilogy, you notice a bit of a dry run because it’s just used to build a bridge between book one and three and just there to build a path for the events in the finale. Not with this one. Although the book is mostly set in Desolation Hill, there is an awful lot of awful things happening and Amber and Milo don’t really get to catch a break because evil is always present here.

The ending of the book promises an amazing finale (which we don’t have to wait for too long cause the publishing date is some time this summer) and keeps me wanting more.

This book is one hell of a ride and gets 5 out of 5 possible gold stars.

 

“Eine Kugel Strappsiatella, bitte!” by NEON

Dieses Buch ist der Nachfolger von Ich gerne eine LSD-Leuchte! und folgt dem selben Prinzip: kurze Geschichten mit witzigen Missverständnissen und Versprechern, die tatsächlich so passiert sein sollen. Gesammelt werden die Geschichten für die NEON- Rubrik “Deutsche Geschichten” und sind jetzt zum zweiten Mal gesammelt als Buch erschienen.

555 neue lustige Geschichten verspricht das Buch. Die meisten als kurzer Text, einige als Farbbild dazwischen. Einige der Geschichten sind unheimlich witzig, bei anderen sah ich den Witz nicht, wieder andere fand ich so überhaupt nicht lustig (Eltern, die ihre Kinder beleidigen oder sie einfach grundlos anschnauzen, finde ich nicht lustig. Solche Erziehungsmethoden machen viel zu viel kaputt, als dass ich darüber lachen könnte), aber das ist auch wieder dem induviduellen Humor geschuldet.

Alles in allem ist das Buch ein kurzweiliger Zeitvertreib, der einen zum Schmunzeln und zum Lachen bringen kann.

Ich vergebe 3 von 5 möglichen Goldsternchen.

Cold Fire by John Passarella (a Supernatural novel)

The 14th novel to accompany the show Supernatural is finally here (and yes, I’ve read them all).

Supernatural is about two brothers, Sam and Dean, who travel across America and hunt things that go bump in the night. This novel plays in the 10th season, between the episodes “About the boy” and “Halt & catch fire”. Dean struggels with the mark of Cain and the brothers and their angel friend Castiel are searching for a way to remove the mark.

This novel takes the brothers and Castiel to Indiana, where gruesome murders take place. They discover a connection with the victims: they were all soon-to-be fathers. The brothers dig into the past of the town Braden Heights and discover some troubling secrets as they are hunting whatever creature is responsible.

John Passarella has written two other Supernatural novel and his third one is just as good to read as the previous ones. He manages to catch the tone of the show and paint the characters (the Winchester brothers and Castiel) really well. Castiel’s fake ID even names him Agent Collins which the fans know to be the actors (stage)name. The case is fascinating and takes turns up until the end and it even triggers memories from the Winchester’s individual past with appearances of characters some fans are longing to see again on the show as well.

This book gets 4,5 out of 5 possible gold stars and await the publishing date of the next Supernatural novel this summer.

Exkarnation- Seelensterben by Markus Heitz

Nachdem ich den ersten Teil (Exkarnation- Krieg der alten Seelen) gelesen habe, folgte nun der zweite direkt im Anschluss.

Clair hat sich mit ihrem neuen Leben als Marlene von Bechstein arrangiert und versucht, Dubois zu stoppen, der nun das Serum hat. Außerdem begleiten wir die Vampirin Sia auf der Suche nach Erik und Elena, deren Begegnung mit Ares Löwenstein, Marlene von Bechsteins neuen Personal Trainer, bringt diesen und den aus Oneiros bekannten Bestatter und Todesschläfer Korff auf den Plan.

Im Laufe des Buches bewegen sich die Handlungsstränge immer mehr aufeinander zu und kollidieren gegen Ende des Buches mit schweren Folgen.

Das Buch liest sich ebenso gut, fast besser als der Vorgänger, allerdings kommen hier auch noch mehr Figuren und Fakten aus vorhergegangenen Werken von Heitz vor. Bei den vielen Handlungssträngen kann man als Leser leicht mal verwirrt auf die Seiten starren (“Wer war das jetzt gleich?)”, aber Heitz löst dieses Problem recht gut und man kann gut mit allen Strängen mithalten. Das Buch liest sich gut und flüssig, war aber keines, das mich an die Seiten geklebt hat. Und ich empfehle bei diesem Buch jedem, zuerst die enthaltene Kurzgeschichte am Ende des Buches zu lesen. Keine Angst, die spoilert das Buch in keiner Weise, hilft aber einige Dinge leichter zu verstehen und die Reaktion der Figuren auf bestimmte Dinge nachzuvollziehen. Alles in allem ein schönes Finale, das aber Luft für weitere Geschichten über die Liga der Dunkelheit rund um Korff, Löwenstein und Clair/Lene lässt.

 

Ich gebe 4 von 5 möglichen Goldsternchen.