**spoiler alert** With "Darkmoon" author SM Reine wraps up the major storylines left over from "Seasons of the moon", for example what happened to Tat...more**spoiler alert** With "Darkmoon" author SM Reine wraps up the major storylines left over from "Seasons of the moon", for example what happened to Tate after Rylie, driven close to madness by silver poisoning, killed his mother, and it marks the end to the story of Cain, Seth and Abel’s brother.
She finally solves the love-triangle we saw build up since, I believe it’s been in "Long night moon" where we first saw Seth’s brother Abel begin to find respect for Rylie and realize his true feelings for her. Which is one of the parts that has been a prime selling point to me, that Sara didn’t go with the usual love/lust at first sight scenario so typically found in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. And the ease with which Rylie and Abel act around each other, flirt with each other, is always a narrative highlight of the story where you can’t help but feel the chemistry, the unadulterated love, between those two characters … add to this the emotional tension of Rylie’s feelings of guilt over falling for, and very possibly bearing the children of her fiancé’s brother and this story becomes all one could be looking for in a romance and some more. We haven’t talked about the action yet, of which there’s plenty. Cain, thought to be imprisoned by the Union, is back and effectively having the new formed Office of Preternatural Affairs (OPA) at his beck and call, which aims to succeed where the Union couldn’t, in purging the werewolf threat (along with other supernatural nasties) from American soil for once and all. Though, Cain has naturally his own plans, and getting his hands on Rylie’s children is part of them.
Rylie’s pregnancy is a main focus of this story, and honestly I think I learned more about that along the way than I ever cared for to know, which in addition to the above mentioned solving of the love triangle situation puts Darkmoon firmly in Paranormal Romance territory, and due to the inevitable mention of sex that comes with for one the genre or for other the topic, I would say that at this point the series crosses from YA over into New Adult territory as well. None the less I would dare call it the best instalment, yet.
Reine delivers a fittingly mature story for her matured characters, although with aunt Gwyn still milling around as a Zombie there’s also ample opportunity for her trademark mix of family relations and humour.
I only would have wished to see more of side character Brody who with his gentlemanly cowboy ways is kind of a secret hero of the story.(less)
Brilliant debut! Vastly romantic and magical, and very easy to lose yourself in.
I did find the last two chapter to be a bit of a let down, though. "Stor...moreBrilliant debut! Vastly romantic and magical, and very easy to lose yourself in.
I did find the last two chapter to be a bit of a let down, though. "Stories", the next to last chapter, feels like a Hollywood type "this is what happened" explanation of the story for those that didn't get it, and "Bon rêves", the conclusion to the second person inserts, takes away from the fantastic atmosphere Morgenstern had build up to that point, strictly IMO. The information we get from these chapters could have been woven in more elegantly, both felt to me tacked on.
But the novel is such a delight to read that these are very easily forgiven. :)(less)
Die beiden enthaltenen Geschichten sind zum einen die kürzere, humorvolle Geschichte "Taft zum Kragen" und die längere, etwas melancholische "Tante Tü...moreDie beiden enthaltenen Geschichten sind zum einen die kürzere, humorvolle Geschichte "Taft zum Kragen" und die längere, etwas melancholische "Tante Tüttchen"
"Taft zum Kragen" handelt von einer jungen Pastoren Gattin und hat in ihrem gutmütigen Humor etwas das mich an die Filme Lubitsch's erinnert.
"Tante Tüttchen" erzählt von einer verpassten Liebe und dem Wandel von Zeit und Moral, nicht ohne Humor aber doch mehr erfüllt von einer bitter süßen Melancholie.
Mann merkt den Geschichten ihr Alter an, aber das erhöht nur ihren Reiz, denn so schreibt und spricht heutzutage leider niemand mehr.(less)
Alpha and Omeag is one of the few series that, after an already awesome start, still manages to get better with each new installment. Anna and Charles...moreAlpha and Omeag is one of the few series that, after an already awesome start, still manages to get better with each new installment. Anna and Charles are the most loveable couple currently to be found in the Paranormal Romance section. There's only one small thing that keeps the series from being a standing recommendation - which is that, alas!, here we have another story that is heavily centered around sexualised violence.
A fine read, still, but sometimes I would wish these things came with a warning.(less)
Quality and originality of the story is open to debate, fans of seventies trash will certainly love it, but at this prize it's an unbeatable offer and...moreQuality and originality of the story is open to debate, fans of seventies trash will certainly love it, but at this prize it's an unbeatable offer and Mike Ploog's artwork is simply amazing.(less)
Nachdem ich nun das Vergnügen hatte den original Text zu lesen, würde ich die deutsche Übersetzung auf eine drei Sterne Wertung herabstufen. Das nicht...moreNachdem ich nun das Vergnügen hatte den original Text zu lesen, würde ich die deutsche Übersetzung auf eine drei Sterne Wertung herabstufen. Das nicht um zu sagen dass die Übersetzung schlecht ist, es zeigt sich nur einfach wieder einmal das die (Humoristische-)Eleganz der englischen Sprache sich nicht gänzlich adäquat Übertragen lässt.
Zur annotierten Reclam Ausgabe, welche neben original Text (Pan Books '79) und Vokabeln, auch noch Hinweise auf Wortkontext für Adams' Eigenschöpfungen enthält, sowie einem informativen Anhang und einem erklärenden Nachwort, und nicht zuletzt Adams Vorwort zu The Ultimativ Hitchhiker's Guide (US-Ausgabe), lässt sich eigentlich jedem interessierten nur eine unbedingte Empfehlung aussprechen.(less)