REVIEW

Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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Hi guys,

it has been a while since I have read a book in one sitting. Today’s the day I will review a thrilling book I have read within a sitting – The Stranger!

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Book Information
Pages: 384
Published in: October 6th 2015
Publisher: Dutton
Price: 7,40 € (Paperback)
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Storyline

Adam Price, husband and father sits at a Pub, sitting in for his wife Corinne since the High School Lacrosse managers decide which boy goes to which team – team A or B. While waiting for the event to begin, a stranger approaches Adam and shatters Adam’s world with one sentence: Corinne has faked her pregnancy. Giving further information on how Adam can find out that the stranger speaks the truth, the man disappears and leaves Adam in utter disbelief. Again at home, Adam finds out that the stranger spoke the truth and confronts Corinne with it. She begs Adam to let her explain herself at a Dinner the next evening. Adam agrees to that meeting and waits the next evening for Corinne at that restaurant – unsuccessfully. Corinne leaves him a text that she’s sorry, she needs a few more days and that Adam has to take care of the kids.

But something seems strange about that text, so Adam decides to find Corinne. And by finding Corinne, he needs to find the Stranger first.

Characters

Oh I really liked Adam, he seemed like a really good guy, caring for his boys and his wife. And his determination of finding his wife while having to stress about the fact that it doesn’t really look good on him that his wife made not only a disappearance on him but on all the other people Corinne’s life as well – friends and job. Facts about Corinne appear that Adam don’t really believe but other people stress on him to believe them. Adam knows that time is running out for him and that he needs to find Corinne as soon as possible to explain the chaos he has found himself in.

Adam is by the way the main character of the story, the main point of view. All the other characters were mainly sidekicks, not as fully fleshed as Adam was, so I’m gonna leave it here as it is.

My opinion

As I mentioned above, I read this book in a sitting. Not because it has been short but because it has been so exciting to read! The reader wants to find out what happened with Corinne, why she did what she did and why she can’t be found at all. You want her to be found so the chaos stops and everything can go back to normal again.

So yeah, I really liked the writing style. It has been my first Harlan Coben book and my first thriller author next to Stephen King – yes I call Stephen King a thriller author as well, sue me. You couldn’t stop reading and that’s because the writing style has been so amazing and fluently.

As I’ve mentioned in the characters section, Adam has been the main Point of View character in the book, yet there have been two other characters that we could follow, even if not that frequently as Adam: The Stranger and another man from another totally different storyline that messes up the big story. That has been a neat addition since it has made Adam’s story even more eager to read. It all made more sense then and the reader started to see things slowly clearer.

I give The Stranger by Harlan Coben 5 out of 5 stars because it doesn’t deserve less than that.

Thanks to my dear friend Virginie from The Brunettes for giving it to me as a birthday gift, it has truly been one.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass


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Hi guys,

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out such a long time and I was so afraid of whome Eadlyn would pick! Did my fears come true? What am I even talking about? Read down below!

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Book Information
Pages: 279
Published in: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Price: 10,45 € (Paperback)
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Storyline

Eadlyn has the problem every bachelor gets when signing up to a new season of The Bachelor: Which girl (in this case man) is going to be Eadlyns future husband? Ugh boys! Ugh marriages! She wants to rule her own kingdom, why does life have to be so mean?

Okay, she’s not complaining like that but she could have, in a better universe where The Bachelor was a mythical creature. Good, enough nonsense, I can feel that some people get confused who don’t know what The Crown or rather, The Selection series, is all about! But since this is a review for The Crown, spoilers are just waiting around the corner. Be warned.

The Crown picks off where The Heir has stopped: America, her mother, has had an heart attack and her whole family is devestaded by that. Will her mother survive? Nobody knows. Since her father isn’t in the right mindset of ruling a whole country (who can blame him for that?), Eadlyn steps up and takes his place for a while. Which is already stressful, but since she has to lead the Selection as well to determinate a future husband, things get almost too crazy for her. Will she manage her country and will she choose a right future husband? I’m not saying too much here because it won’t be clear until the very end and I like people guessing.

Characters

Eadlyn Schreave: I liked her at the beginning since she wanted to rule the kingdom on her own without needing a future husband. But since her parents shoved that up to her she had no other chance. She might have warmed up to a few boys but she got a little too drama queen for me. And she was still kinda cold until the very end, so it wasn’t really easy to believe that she felt for the boys as she claimed to feel. Just saying.

The family members of Eadlyn have been much more realistic for me, probably because we read of Maxon and America for three books and felt more for them. At least I did. I can’t say much about Eadlyn’s siblings since they rarely appeared.

As usual, you could see soon who would be the Elite boys of Eadlyn depending on how much they were mentioned in the books and in Eadlyn’s mind. Yes, there are a few surprises and yes, I might not like it at all, but yeah. Most of the boys simply seemed so flatly written, you couldn’t really like any of them properly.

My opinion

As mentioned above, I had a lot of issues with the characters. They have been so 2 dimensional, it’s unbelievable. Where are the details that have been there with the first three Selection books? Why did Kiera Cass have to be in such a rush with the storyline? Why why why? Too many why’s there.

The author retained her usual writing style, it has been easy to read – and fast to read. For me the book hasn’t been to excited at all since there have been clues on who Eadlyn would choose. If you couldn’t guess, then sorry. Eadlyn had a lot to do with her country, yet I feel like there haven’t been too many visible issues. Yes, the nation had trust issues with Eadlyn and there were a few hints but real issues as in The Selection books? You can look for them but you won’t find them. Simply said, not only the characters lacked of depth, but also the whole story did.

So, the conclusion is simple: if there is already a full rounded trilogy, don’t you dare to write another two to three books just to keep it barely alive. I’m looking at you too, Cassandra Clare. What is it with you people who want to desperately keep dying stories alive? Oh I could list a few book series, TV shows and movies here…but I wont.

For obvious reasons, this book got 2 out of 5 stars. Check out my rating system if you want to know what my ratings actually say.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: Black Widow: Forever Red by Margareth Stohl

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Hi guys,

some of you know that I had this book for a while on my Amazon wishlist and I finally got to read it! But personally, the hype was just a hype. I love Margareth Stohl’s work, but this story has been a little too cliché for me. Read why!

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Book Information
Pages: 416
Published in: May 2nd 2016
Originally published in: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Marvel Press
Price: 7,85 € (Paperback)
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Storyline

After having seen a bunch of Marvel Avengers movies, a lot of you should be familiar with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. The story takes off at a haven in the Ukraine where Natasha has to face her ultimate enemy: Ivan Somodorov who has taughet her at Red Room, the cruelest school to teach to become a Russian super spy. Ian holds a little girl captive and basically wants to brain-fry her for some yet unknown reason, when Natasha manages to rescue the girl, Ava. Yet a final explosion rattles them good but at least the enemy is dead. Ten years later the reader gets to read about how Ava’s life changed a lot since that unfaithful day. She has been taken under the wings of American Organisation S.H.I.E.L.D, yet fled from it since she couldn’t bare living there. While in the meantime she dreams about a boy called Alex, who seems so real yet not. At a fencing tournament she finds him by accident and falls into the arms of long not seen spy Natasha Romanoff who tells Ava that her worst nightmare Ian had escaped and is in fact still kidnapping kids for his experiments. Of course Ava and Natasha can’t let this stand as it is and follow Ian’s even so small traces.

Characters

I liked Natasha Romanoff, as always. She’s a badass, yet a little cold thanks to her childhood. Stohl has managed though to make a character transformation happen, which I frowned upon at the beginning, yet I think was a good one. The second main character, Ava Orlova, has been a little bit too cold and dramatic for me to be honest. I didn’t take it that well with her although Natasha seems to be very similar to her. Then there’s Alex, the boy who seems to be caught between two worlds, yet sees his place with Ava and Natasha as the story evolves. Plus Ava and Alex get to be soulmates and such, which I frowned up a lot because yeah. Too fast for Ava in my opinion.

Last but not least I need to mention Iron Man aka fabulous Tony Stark, who has made an appearance in one to two chapters. He’s been glorious and just as he had to be, Tony Stark. Other Avengers as Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner has been mentioned. I loved it, it almost felt like a little new Avengers movie.

My opinion

The writing has been good, no doubt about that. I loved the Beautiful Creatures series by her and her author partner Kami Garcia. There have been little interlude chapters, written as protocols between Natasha Romanoff and Agent Coulson. They made the transitions between chapters happen so it wouldn’t bee too harsh for the reader when time and place jumps happened. Maybe it’s because of that but the story seemed too rushed and that bothered me a lot. Too much happened in too little time that made not enough sense to me. Ava and Alex being best buds all of a sudden (yeah, traumatic events and such, yet weird. Ava has been cold and distant all her life and suddenly she can change that from one point to another?). Same with Natasha, from one moment she’s Black Widow as ever and the next she seems to be a little bit off. After all, the whole story seemed to be too cold, too distant for me to really get into it. I couldn’t really feel for the characters and that bothered me. Oh and the end was all “????” and “!!!!” and “why did it end so sudden?”. The reader got teased for a big showoff with the main enemy and all we got was “bleh”. I can’t even express myself properly to elaborate on that.

But since it had Black Widow in it and a few other Avengers has been mentioned in it, I am that biased to give it 2 out of 5 stars.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[ENG/GER] Review: The Shining by Stephen King

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Hi guys,

this review is a bit old, yet I don’t want to miss it on this blog! Have fun 🙂

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Book Information
Pages: 688
Published in: June 26th 2012
Publisher: Anchor
Price: 7,00€
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Plot
A hotel in the mountains of Colorado. Jack Torrance, a man with psycho-problems, gets the job as the janitor he has been applied for. Together with his wife Wendy and his son Danny, he travels to the hotel at the beginning of fall. Everyone knows that the hotel called “Overlook” is a notorious place. Whoever turns towards the hotel, gets lost and becomes the leading organ of all bad dreams and wishes, that are manifested within the person’s inner most. The family soon realizes that it has been a mistake to care for the hotel while it’s closed for fall and winter. They are the only one within a huge parameter in the mountains when the horrors start and slowly but madly take over Jack Torrance.

Characters
In Stephen King’s The Shining are three main characters. The family father Jack Torrance, his wife Winifred “Wendy” und his son Daniel “Danny”. They are moving to the Overlook hotel in Colorado because of Jack’s new job, which is essential for their survival.

Jack Torrance had a difficult childhood and has been a former alcoholic. He tends to snap easily, but decided to change this as soon as possible, if not even for the sake of his son. Convenient that he gets a job offer far away from his home, in the mountains of Colorado. Sounds like a fresh start, so it can only be better for Jack. Also he’s a writer, so being lonely and not distracted, yet only by his family, seems to be just the opportunity to finish his long started novel during the long winter. Sadly the hotel has other plans for Jack and uses his weaknesses in full force.

Wendy Torrance is an unconfident woman with a monster as a mother, who would love to take away her son. Wendy loves her son over everything and everyone else, but isn’t sure if a divorce from Jack is solving these problems she have with her husband. With her hopes high up to be able to save her marriage, she agrees to come with Jack and Danny to the Overlook hotel.

Danny Torrance is a tiny, five year old boy who has counted as special from his birth on. He knows events that have happened in the past, the present and the future without even have heard of it a single time (yeah, hearing second hand about the future is not possible, whatever). Danny is able to communicate over his thoughts with other people who have the same gift as he does and even is able to sense thoughts of ungifted people. The boy has an invisible friend, Tony (not to switch him up with Paranormal Activities’ Toby!), who shows him various things lying within the hotel (well this seems just too close now in comparison with Toby). Tony also shows Danny the ominous future of the Overlook hotel.

Last but not least, there is the old cook of the Overlook hotel, Dick Hallorann, to mention. He is also gifted, just like Danny, and warns the boy at the beginning of fall about the hotel. Mr. Hallorann might not be a main character of the book, yet his role isn’t less important.

Opinion
This has been the second Stephen King book I have read and liked (I wasn’t really surprised). After Carrie I kind of expected to not me shocked anymore, but it seemed as if it was just the prequel for The Shining. The novel is the pure horror – super spooky and exciting to read! In the course of the story the reader gets to know more and more about the characters, their pasts and of course of the long history of the Overlook hotel. Stephen King’s writing style is as good as ever, pretty sober and detailed without going on too much about details. The thing that annoyed me at the beginning of the story was that the author has done sudden point of views jumps from one character to another. Later, he wrote one chapter per character which was less confusing than the empty row spacing between point of views.

With Carrie this has been my second horror novel and from experience I knew that The Shining yet has been one of his best ones. Readers who like the genre Horror will be happy with Stephen King and if you are not familiar with the author, you better start with Carrie or The Shining. I’m impressed.

The Shining by Stephen King got 5 out of 5 stars.

xo Annina

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Hallihallo,

diese Rezension ist zwar ein wenig älter, jedoch will ich es nicht auf diesem Blog vermissen. Viel Spaß! 🙂

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Buchinformationen
Seitenanzahl: 624
Erschienen: 2013
Verlag: Lübbe
Preis: Taschenbuch: 10,99€ / eBook: 8,49€
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Handlung
Ein Hotel in den Bergen von Colorado. Jack Torrance, ein verkrachter Intellektueller mit Psycho-Problemen, bekommt den Job als Haumeister, um den er sich beworben hat. Zusammen mit seiner Frau Wendy und seinem Sohn Danny reist er in den letzten Tagen des Herbstes an. Das Hotel “Overlook” ist ein verrufener Ort. Wer sich ihm ausliefert, verfällt ihm, wird zum ausführenden Organ aller bösen Träume und Wünsche, die sich in ihm manifestieren. (nach luebbe.de)

Charaktere
In Stephen King’s Shining tauchen drei Hauptcharaktere auf. Der Familienvater Jack Torrance, seine Frau Winifred “Wendy” und dessen Sohn Daniel “Danny”, welche aufgrund Jack’s neuen Job in das Overlook Hotel in Colorado ziehen.

Jack Torrance hat eine schwierige Kindheit hinter sich und war in jüngster Vergangenheit dem Alkohol verfallen. Er neigt zu Wutausbrüchen, hat aber beschlossen, sich Grund auf zu ändern. Da kommt ihm der neue Job als Hausmeister im Overlook Hotel doch ganz gelegen, denn nebenbei ist er Schriftsteller und fest davon überzeugt über den Winter, in dem die Familie alleine im Hotel festsitzt, sein vor langer Zeit angefangenes Stück fertig zu schreiben. Jedoch kommt ihm das Hotel in die Quere und nützt seine Beherrschung und dünne Willenskraft gnadenlos aus.

Wendy Torrance ist eine unsichere Frau mit einem Monster als Mutter, welche ihr am liebsten ihren Sohn wegnehmen würde. Sie liebt Danny über alles, ist sich aber seit Jahren nicht mehr sicher, ob eine Scheidung von Jack das Richtige für ihre Probleme ist. In der Hoffnung, dass ihre Ehe wieder heil wird, zieht sie mit Jack und Danny ins Overlook Hotel.

Danny Torrance ist ein kleiner, fünfjähriger Junge, welcher seit seiner Geburt schon als besonders gilt. Er weiß Dinge, die in der Vergangenheit, Gegenwart oder Zukunft passiert sind, ohne zuvor davon gehört zu haben. Danny kann sich via Gedanken mit anderen “Hellsichtigen” verständigen und auch Gedanken gewöhnlicher Menschen erahnen. Der Junge hat einen unsichtbaren Freund, Tony, welcher ihm die unterschiedlichsten Dinge zeigt. Auch seine unheilvolle Zukunft im Overlook.

Dann wäre da noch Dick Hallorann, ebenfalls ein Hellsichtiger, welcher den Sommer über im Overlook als Koch arbeitet. Als die Torrances einziehen, warnt er Danny indirekt vor dem Hotel. Mr. Hallorann ist zwar keine Hauptperson in dem Roman, trägt dennoch eine wichtige Rolle.

Meinung
Wieder mal hat mir ein Stephen King Roman sehr gefallen (langsam überrascht mich das nicht mehr). Nach Carrie hatte ich zwar erwartet, dass mich nichts mehr schockt, aber das scheint bloß eine Vorstufe zu Shining gewesen zu sein. Denn der Roman ist wahrlich ein Horror – super gruselig und spannend zu lesen! Im Laufe der Geschichte erfährt man mehr von den Charakteren, deren Vergangenheit und natürlich auch von der langjährigen Geschichte des Overlook Hotels. Stephen Kings Stil ist gleich (gut) geblieben, sehr nüchtern und detailfreudig, ohne zu sehr abzuschweifen. Das einzige, was mich anfangs und sehr lange gestört hat war, dass Stephen King einfach Sprünge zu anderen Charaktersichten gemacht hat. Später hat er jedem Charakter ein Kapitel gewidmet, davor war eine Leerzeile Abstand der Sichtwechsel.

Ich habe noch nie einen Horror-Roman gelesen, aber ich denke, dass Stephen King mit Shining die Messlatte sehr hoch gelegt hat. Wer das Genre Horror mag, sollte sich, wenn noch nicht getan, Shining zulegen. Ich bin beeindruckt!

Shining von Stephen King bekommt 5 von 5 Sternen.

xo Annina

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[ENG/GER] Review: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

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Hallihallo,

und willkommen zu einer neuen Rezension von mir. Die liebe Kerstin von Miss Getaway hat mich auf die Seite Bloggerportal aufmerksam gemacht, bei welcher man Rezensionsexemplare für seinen Blog bekommen kann. Ich war natürlich hellauf begeistert, war mir aber nicht sicher, ob ich als kleiner Blog dort überhaupt die Chance eines Rezensionsexemplares bekommen könnte. Aber es hat geklappt, weswegen ich heute stolz über Die Shannara Chroniken: Elfensteine von Terry Brooks berichten darf, das zweite von drei Büchern der originalen Shannara Chroniken Serie (es gibt Das Schwert von Shannara, Die Elfensteine von Shannara und Das Zauberlied von Shannara).

Bei manchen könnte so die ein oder andere Glocke zu läuten beginnen, denn die Shannara Chroniken werden verfilmt als Serie! Beziehungsweise die erste Staffel kam schon bei MTV heraus und wird im Moment jeden Dienstag auf RTL 2 um 20:15 Uhr ausgestrahlt. Dem werde ich auf jeden Fall jetzt nachgehen, da ich mit dem Buch nun fertig wurde. Auf zur Rezension!

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Buchinformationen
Seiten: 735
Herausgekommen: März 2016
Herausgeber: Blanvalet
Preis: 9,99€ (D), 10,30€ (A)
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Cover

Da es sich um die Serien-Version des Buches handelt, überrascht mich das Cover keineswegs. Ich musste nachsehen, dass es sich auf dem Cover um Amberle handelt, da ich zwar von der Serie gehört habe, aber sie mir noch nicht angesehen habe. Jetzt wird es wohl an der Zeit sein!

Die Handlung

Wir befinden uns in den Vier Ländern, welche von verschiedenen Rassen bewohnt wird. Elfen, Menschen, Trolle, Zwerge und Gnome leben mehr oder weniger friedlich in Einigkeit und haben mit ihren alltäglichen Problemen zu kämpfen. Friedlich kann es deshalb nur sein, weil der Ellcyrs, der Baum des Lebens welcher im Reich der Elfen steht, böse Dämonen aus einer Schlacht vor Urzeiten hinter die Mauer der Verfemung eingeschlossen hat und nun als Wächter die Welt beschützt. Sieben Auserwählte kümmern sich um den Ellcrys und jedes Jahr werden neue Wächter ausgewählt. Als Lauren, einer der derzeitigen Auserwählten bemerkt, dass der Ellcrys krank ist, bricht die helle Aufruhr im Land der Elfen aus. Wie soll die Gefahr, die Dämonen wieder freizulassen, gebannt werden wenn der Baum stirbt? Doch dafür hat der Ellcrys eine Lösung: ein Auserwählte, Amberle Elessedil, Enkelin des Elfenkönigs wird dazu ausgesucht, das Samenkorn des Baumes ins Sichermal zum Blutfeuer zu bringen, um dann wieder in die Elfenstadt Arborlon zurückzukehren, um das Samenkorn neu einzupflanzen und einen neuen Baum zu erschaffen. Das Problem dabei ist jedoch, dass Amberle ihre Aufgabe als Erwähle abgelegt und Arborlon verlassen hatte. Nun muss der Druide Allanon das Mädchen finden und nimmt dabei den Heiler im Werden, Wil Ohmsford mit, um Amberle einen Schutz vor Dämonen zu bieten. Denn Wil Ohmsford besitzt die Macht der Elfensteine von Shannara, welche ihm von seinem Großvater geschenkt wurden und er deshalb die Macht besitzt, um auf die Steine zuzugreifen.

Die Zeit drängt und der Ellcrys ist im Sterben. Die Mauer der Verfemung bröckelt immer weiter auseinander und die Dämonen schleichen sich zuhäufst immer mehr in die Welt hinein. Werden es Wil und Amberle rechtzeitig schaffen, die Wiedergeburt des Ellcrys herbeizuleiten bevor die Welt verloren ist?

Charaktere

Die Hauptcharaktere Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil, Eretria, Allanon, Andor und Eventine Elessedil können einem nicht unsympathisch werden und man versteht voll und ganz ihre Beweggründe wenn sie handeln, wie sie handeln.

Wil Ohmsford: Der Heiler in Ausbildung wird von Allanon, dem letzten lebenden Druiden, dazu auserkohren, Amberle Elessedil nach Sichermal zu begleiten. Nur Wil kann auf die Macht der Elfensteine von Shannara zugreifen, welche eine Magie besitzen und Dämonen vernichten können. Wil wirkt von Anfang an sehr pflichtbewusst und entschlossen, was diesem Abenteuer nur zu Gute kommen kann. Jedoch weiß er manchmal nicht, wann es zu viel des Guten ist und steigert sich in Gefahren hinein.

Amberle Elessedil: Sie ist die Enkelin von Eventine und eine Erwählte des Ellcrys. Nachdem sie sich von ihrer Aufgabe zurückgezogen hatte, dem Ellcrys zu dienen, wird sie von Allanon berufen, den sterbenden Baum zu retten. Anfangs wirkt Amberle recht kindlich, weinerlich und trotzig, vollzieht im Laufe des Buches aber eine gewaltige Charakterentwicklung.

Eretria: Das Mädchen, auf das Wil und Amberle bei den Fahrersleuten treffen, soll von ihrem Besitzer, ihrem “Vater”, in der nächstgrößten Stadt verkauft werden. Die willensstarke und selbstbewusste Eretria will sich das aber nicht gefallen lassen und flüchtet schlussendlich mit Wil und Amberle, um bei deren Aufgabe zu helfen. Außerdem scheint sie es etwas auf Wil abgesehen zu haben.

Bei den meisten war es zumindest der Fall, dass sie recht dreidimensional wirkten, denn der Druide Allanon schien meistens in der rechten Zeit am rechten Ort aufzutauchen und beantwortete Fragen da, wo es nötig war. Vielleicht bessert sich das bei ihm noch in den anderen Büchern, wer weiß. Die kleine Liebesgeschichte zwischen Wil, Amberle und Eretria stört auch nicht, denn sie nimmt nicht viel von der Handlung mit, weswegen man ruhig mitfiebern und Teams bilden kann.

Andor und Eventine Elessedil waren dann schon ein wenig in Mitleidenschaft gezogen, weil sie in den (für mich) uninteressanten Teilen des Buches eine Rolle gespielt haben. Außerdem kamen sie mir doch ein wenig flach gespielt vor. Klar, man konnte teilweise Gedankengänge lesen, doch die meiste Charaktertiefe bekam man einfach bei Wil und Amberle mit. Vielleicht fand ich Andor und Eventine auch so uninteressant, da es bei ihnen quasi um eine konstante gleichbleibende Gefahr handelte, während bei Wil, Amberle und Eretria doch mehr auf den Spiel stand und sich mehrere unterschiedliche Gefahren den Helden stellten.

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Meine Meinung

Ich war relativ schnell von diesem Buch begeistert, da mich der Schreibstil von Anfang an überzeugt hat sowie die Wahl an Detail, mit welcher die Geschichte erzählt wird. Oft gibt es Fantasy-Geschichten, bei welcher immer jede Sache bis auf das kleinste Detail beschrieben wird – für mich völlig unnötig, da ich mir trotz Beschreibungen immer eine eigene Welt ausmale. Charaktere werden als Brünette beschrieben? In meiner Vorstellung können sie trotzdem blond sein, mir egal. Was ich damit sagen will ist, dass Die Shannara Chroniken: Elfensteine meiner Meinung nach an Detailreichtum sparen, wo es nötig ist. Die Geschichte ist sozusagen Handlungsgetrieben und das ist meine liebste Art an Geschichte.

Positiv überrascht war ich auch von der Welt, in welche der Leser eintauchen kann. Damit meine ich, dass ich relativ leicht in die Geschichte eingetaucht bin und diese von Terry Brooks auch nicht verkompliziert beschrieben wurde – wie ich es ja schon teilweise erwähnt hatte.

Jedoch gab es für mich manchmal stellenweise Kapitel, bei denen ich mir wünschte, dass sie schnell vorbei sein würden. Bei diversen Dämonenschlachten beispielsweise wurde der Kampf ziemlich monoton beschrieben und unterschied sich schwer von anderen Kämpfen. Außerdem war es mir irgendwann auch klar, dass die Geschichte “unverwundbar” sein würde, sprich, egal wie aussichtslos die Situation für die Guten erscheinen mochte, sie würde irgendwie doch gut ausgehen. Mal ein paar Sekunden mit den Gedanken woanders gewesen (dank den monotonen Kämpfen), schon hatte das Gute wie-auch-immer gesiegt, und das ärgert schon ein bisschen.

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Meine Buchausgabe kam als 735 schweres Taschenbuch, was ziemlich heftig zum lesen sein kann, wenn es nicht gut geschrieben wäre. Und weil es teilweise umständlich zum halten ist, doch ich habe da schon meine Methoden entwickelt, weswegen es mich nicht sonderlich gestört hatte. Hardcover hätte ich persönlich heftiger gefunden. Die Schriftgröße hat mich auch nicht sonderlich gestört, ein wenig Zeilenabstand hätte ich mir gewünscht, da strengt sich das Auge nicht so heftig an. Jedoch kann ich die Wahl Produktionstechnisch verstehen – und es soll auch nicht vom Lesen des Buches abhalten!

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Trotz monotonen Handlungssträngen gibt es von mir 5 von 5 Sterne, einfach weil mich die Geschichte immer, wenn ich das Buch aufgeschlagen habe, begeistert hat. Die Charaktere haben mir gefallen und ich habe brav und verzweifelt mit ihnen mitgefiebert. Die Welt, welche von Terry Brooks erschaffen wurde, ist bezaubern und stelle ich mir, solange nicht irgendwelche Dämonen das Land überfallen, sehr nett zum Leben vor.

xo Annina

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Hi guys,

and welcome to a new review by me. The lovely Kerstin from Miss Getaway has shown me the german website Bloggerportal, whereas it’s possible to get copies to review for one’s blog. I was so excited to try this out, yet not sure as if I, with my little blog, had even a chance to get a copy of my choice! But it all worked out and that’s the reason I’m presenting to you The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks, the second book of a three book series (there are The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara).

This series might ring a bell or two, because The Shannara Chronicles got made into a TV show! The first season has aired on MTV and a second season is ordered.

Off to my review!

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Book Information (English tie-in Edition)
Pages: 576
Published on: December 1st 2015
Publisher: Del Ray
Price: $7,99 (Amazon)
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Cover
Since it is a TV show tie-in, I’m not really surprised by it’s cover. I had to look it up to know that it’s Amberle, one of the main characters, who I’ve heard from the series. I got to watch the TV show now…probably.

The storyline
We’re situated at the Four Lands, which is lived on by different races. Elves, Humans, Trolls, Dwarves and Gnomes live together in peace as much as they can and have to fight against daily problems, just like everyone else. It is peaceful because the Ellcrys, the tress of life, which is standing in the kingdom of the Elves, locked up Daemons behind a strong magic spell. Basically, the tree is the guard between the good and the bad world. Seven Chosen get to carry for the tree and every year, new Chosen are chosen. When Lauren, one of the current Chosen notices that the Ellcyrs is sick, the guards start panicking. How should the danger that is slowly reentering their world be stopped when the Ellcrys is dying? But that tree got a plan: a Chosen One, Amberle Elessedil, granddaughter of the Elf king, has to carry the grain of Ellcrys to the bloodfire in Safehold. After that she needs to return to Arborlon to plant the grain and to create a new tree of life. The problem with this case is that Amberle has neglected her duties a while ago and also has left Arborlon. Just the druid Allanon is able to find the girl and on his journey to Amberle, he takes the healer-to-be Wil Ohmsford with him, to give her a protector for her important task. Allanon chose Wil because the young man owns the Elfstones of Shannara, powerful magic stones, that have been given to Wil by his grandfather. Elfstones only work if you have Elfblood and get these stones as presents.

The time is ticking and the Ellcrys is dying. The spell is slowly wearing off and the first daemons manage to escape from their dark prison. Will Amberle and Wil be able to survive their journey and recreate the tree of life before it’s too late?

Characters
The main characters Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil, Eretria, Allanon, Andor and Eventine Elessedil can’t be unsympathic at any way. The reader comprehends why the characters act a certain way and also have the insight of their thoughts, so it’s even better!

Wil Ohmsford: The healer in training gets picked up by Allanon, the last living druid, to accompany Amberle Elessedil to Safehold. Only Wil is able to access to the power of the Elfstones of Shannara, which are able to kill daemons efficiently. The young man seems to be dutifully and determined from the beginning, which is quite a good thing for a dangerous adventure. Unfortunately Wil doesn’t always know when enough is enough and sometimes puts himself in dangerous situations.

Amberle Elessedil: She’s the granddaughter of Eventine and chosen by the Ellcrys. After she has taken down her duties, carrying for the Ellcrys, she gets appointed by Allanon to safe the tree. At the beginning of the story, Amberle seems to be childish, a crybaby and stubborn at last, but fulfills a marvelous character transformation as time comes.

Eretria: The girl that Amberle and Wil get to meet during their journey, lives with the caravan of Rovers and is supposed to be sold by her caretaker, wrongly taken as her father, in the next big city. As strong and confident as Eretria is, she flees at last with Wil and Amberle to accompany them in their mission. Also she has an obvious crush on Wil.

Most of the characters seemed to be very three dimensional, as, you could fully understand them. They seem important and you know something about them, they carry the story. But Allanon, the last living druid, there has been some issues. He appeared at the right time at the right places and answered necessary questions you wouldn’t get an answer else. Maybe he’s going to be a better character in the other books, I can’t know that yet. The little lovestory between Wil, Amberle and Eretria wasn’t disruptive or intrusive because didn’t have much place in the story – time to be thrilled and build teams.

Andor and Eventine Elessedil have been negatively affected by the storyline they have been in. At about the second half of the book, a huge war erupted and those two played a part in it. But I’ll write more about this war later on. The two characters haven’t really had an exciting role to play – yes the reader was able to read the thoughts and feel with the characters, but didn’t really touch the reader just as Wil and Amberle did. Maybe I thought that Wil, Amberle and Eretria have been far more interesting because they had changing dangers while the one happening at Andor and Eventine’s storyline pretty much have been constant? Who knows.

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My opinion
I’ve been very excited pretty fast over this book, since I loved the storyline it has been written in. Also I liked the choice of detail of the story. Often there are fantasy novels in which every object gets described in the most detailed way – personally I think that’s an overkill, I still want to use my imagination overall. Characters get described as brown haired people? In my imagination, they still might be blonde – I don’t care. What I want to say with my blabbering is that often the author doesn’t need much description. If it’s well told, you can feel and see the world as the author wants you to see it. The Elfstones of Shannara is plotdriven and I love that type of story!

I’m positively surprised by the world the reader is able to dive in. By that I mean the above written blabbering about not too many details yet the reader gets a nice overview of the new world. Terry Brooks has done a fine job!

But there have been chapters I wish I could have just jumped over. Various daemons fights and wars have been so monotone and barely differed from other fights. Also after some time into the book I could notice that the story is invincible, say, it doesn’t matter how forlorn the situation might be for the heroes, somehow they would always escape and win the situation. Sometimes I would be somewhere else with my thoughts for a few seconds (thanks to the so exciting fight scenes) – suddenly the heroes would have won somehow in a really lost looking situation. That was a bit annoying.

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My book edition arrived as a 735 heavy paperback, which is quite something to read if it is not well written. It’s also a bit complicated to hold while reading, but I have my methods since it’s not my most complicated book I own (hello to you, German Lord of the Rings 3 in 1 edition!). A hardcover book would have been far worse. The size of the font wasn’t really bothering me, a little bit of line distance makes it easier to read though and doesn’t bother the eye so much. But I can understand the choice, it’s been better for production (less paper). Also line distance shouldn’t put you off for reading the book!

Conclusion
Despite monotone plotlines The Elfstones of Shannara get 5 out of 5 stars, simply because the story excited me whenever I opened the book. I liked the characters and I was good and desperate to be thrilled with them. The world that got created by Terry Brooks is marvelous and I think if it’s not overrun by daemons, might be pretty place to live on.

xo Annina

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Allgemein · Life

My Fail at the #WingsForLife Charity Run

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Hi guys,

first of all: whatever I’m writing now, it’s been my own fault. I knew I wasn’t prepared and still put in far too much work for my own body. Also I’m that person, who will do things never normally, but the extreme way. Just like I decided from one day to another to do an exchange year in New Zealand after my mom tried to convince me for years to do a language travel to the UK for like two weeks (I ended up living in Oregon, USA for half a year. I still want to go to New Zealand).

So last Sunday, May 8th, I did a charity run called Wings for Life. This special run is dedicated to those who can’t run any longer or at all and the starter fee (50€) is donated to spinal cord research. So even if you would decide to not run, you still did something good. I shouldn’t have done that run.

And here’s why: last November I decided that I wanted to run the Vienna City Half Marathon as a person, who hates sports and can’t run fast at all. I’m thin to a point where people ask me why I can eat whatever I want without getting fat as hell and I’m below the average BMI with 18 points (?) (before I started working I had one between 16-17). It’s a genetic thing. So coming from nothing, I started training the full November, then gave up when Winter hit Austria and the topic has been off discussion.

Around March, my cousin who is a rather active runner, asked me that since I wouldn’t do the VCM, how about joining her at Wings for Life? This run wouldn’t have a finish line but the finish line was chasing you! After the runner’s started running, 30 minutes would pass until chasing cars started catching up to the runners. If the cars catch you, your run is over and you basically have passed the finish line.

Me, having trained like three times in the first April week and then until the run, did nothing at all, was positive to manage 10 kilometers. I have a feeling that I might have been able to do that, minus the horrible weather we actually had. I’m still far too positive about this.

The weather had been 22 celcius degrees sunshine and the first 4 kilometers have been in nothing but sunshine! Who needs a cap to keep safe from the sun? Certainly not me! Water to carry with you? For losers and it’s unnecessary stuff! Running far too fast because everybody else is too? Sure why not! Running with trained people while you are basically a jellyfish? Sounds like a great idea.

You see, my life is full of great decisions and just because I’m an untrained jellyfish doesn’t mean I can’t be as good as trained runners! Dream big! Big like a huge idiot called me.

I managed to run 2.5 kilometers before having to stop because my body was trying to kill me from the inside. Legs were ouchy, mouth was thristy, skin was far too hot, everything was uncomfortable and I started to think: “I hate this”. And if you start thinking this, the running game is basically over. Your mind set is poisoned and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get up properly anymore. In April I was able to run 7 kilometers without stopping and now I couldn’t even do full 3 kilometers, I just felt pure hatred. No matter that I had to stop running because I got a wisdom tooth pulled out and was sick, no. That didn’t mattter because one time I reached 7 kilometers and I just had to reach that goal again, no matter what.

So I fought to kilometer 5, with some walking stops, until I reached the part where you could at least drink a bit. The station has been at the beginning of Mariahilferstraße’s shopping mile and I was glad to know this part, because I had something to drink and a downhill path to conquer. The first few minutes were great again, but then my personal hell started. It has been hell-ish before, but this has been especially gruesome.

While a lot of people where cheering for the runners, you are simply compelled to run, basically to not look like an idiot for the audience and for the broadcast cameras. The sun hit me hard after leaving Mariahilfer and I started to shiver. Okay, it’s been a bit windy and the route has been through the shadowry shopping mile, I’m good. But the shivering didn’t stop and got even worse. I could feel that it was hot and that I should feel hot instead of cold, covered in goosebumps. From this moment on I knew I had to take it easy because feeling cold instead of hot on a hot day isn’t a good sign of the body.

The car caught me at 6.9 kilometers and I like to put it at 7 kilometers, because damn these 100 meters! If it had been even 100! So it took me around two hours to get home from the route I got caught (The Parliament) to my cousins flat to my home (with a few stops). On my journey home I felt incredibly tired, but not bad or something like that. But when I got home, dizziness and sickness hit me hard and I had to lay down for three hours to get better again. And drink lots of fluids!

So it turned out that a combination of too much sun, running and far not enough water to drink is really bad for you. Who had to test it? Yes, me. I felt like dying that Sunday afternoon and it has been an afternoon (not too well) spent inside because the outside brought me more dizziness. Great job.

And I really don’t want to mention my placement in the run, it hasn’t been great at all (who knew). But that day taught me a few things and by now I even want to run next year again, with more training it advance and better preparations. Because at some point it has been fun and running on the streets whereas you are normally not allowed to run was cool.

Greetings from my sarcastic personality!

xo Annina

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Allgemein · MUSIC

My awesome #TroyeSivan Concert Experience

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Hi guys,

last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the Troye Sivan concert in Vienna with a friend of mine I finally got to meet after a few years we met online on Twitter 😀 She’s also my main League of Legends Coach out of three (fun fact).

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So we arrived at 6:30pm and had to wait for like an hour because there has been a huge queue already! I get anxious when I can’t be near the stage because I’m short and get frustrated when I can’t see the artist. PLUS TROYE HAS THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL! So duh, I was very pumped for that concert. I kind of forgot that I had a run the next day which actually made me more anxious because a lot of people would see me running. Ever tried to walk like a normal human being if you feel being watched? RIGHT! Running is ten times worse.

So we finally were inside the venue (quite in the middle but far back) and were waiting for the support act to start. We did knew a bit about Astrid S, yet had to experience her ourselves to form an own opinion. Since I had the joy of getting to know Charli XCX as a support act of Imagine Dragons (and later on one more time with Katy Perry) I wouldn’t necessarily say that support acts are unwanted. I just think that the main problems with those are that the music style sometimes isn’t fitting.

But Astrid S, the main support has had an force of energy you could feel and the audience loved her. Her music was awesome too, so this was a great start for an ever greater concert. I hope she brings out a full album soon because she’s really good and  her songs are catchy! Yay for new discovered music!

So then, at around 8:30pm Astrid stopped singing because she wasn’t feeling too well that day and has even apologies in advance. Already got to love her, right? It was waiting-for-Troye time! My friend and I were kinda bored but glad that the venue has turned on the air conditioner because it was hot in there, in a very literal way. The crowd was very energetic that night because while we were waiting, chart music was playing and the audience sang loudly to Adele’s Hello. And when I mean loud, I mean almost concert loud! I have never experienced something like that and to be honest, it was funny as hell.That only meant good vibes during the concert and I wasn’t wrong.

Troye entered the stage at around 8:50pm (early! I was impressed. Huger musicians let the audience wait, I hate nothing more than standing and waiting around). You could experience the audience exploding and screaming – it was awesome. There’s nothing better than a motivated audience because good vibes transport through air and time.

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Troye talked to the audience, tried to learn some German words and even tried to say something in English with a German accent. He was a really positive and carrying person, which you could notice at following point:

I’ve mentioned before that it has been hot as hell in the venue, right? Well Troye mentioned this a bit from time to time like this: “It’s really hot in here, isn’t it? Is everyone fine? Who needs some water?” And he really said this a few times. We all knew the venue had air conditioner and Troye might have said that it would be a good idea to maybe turn that thing on. But they didn’t, so Troye splashed some water towards the audience and issued some water bottles. He’s that cool.

Next to that, he really sings well (as if I wouldn’t have known that already) and the lightning of the show has been beautiful, there have been some really pretty colors. Troye has played all the cool songs except for my favorite one, Blue. I LOVE THAT SONG HOW COULD TROYE DO THAT TO ME? But my friend told me that he wouldn’t sing it without Alex, so it was okay-ish. I was still bumped, but I understand it.

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After the concert, we both were exhausted and kinda happy that it ended at 10:10pm, because duh, standing in a hot venue is exhausting. Not to forget standing next to a person who constantly jumps from right to left, pushing you in the side and basically being an annoyance. I’m not talking about my friend here.

Oh and 90 percent of the pictures here are from her because I’m short and had a horrible standing spot, so I saw next to nothing because a giant decided to stand in front of me. Give tiny people front rows GDI.

This has been my good concert experience with Troye Sivan, I hope that those who still are going to see him have a great time. With more chances to view the stage and a less hot venue.

And here, have some Troye dancing at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to Youth 🙂

xo Annina

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