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Zum Inhalt möchte ich zur Abwechslung mal gar nichts sagen, weil es entweder in die(Vielen Dank an Netgalley und Impress für ein Rezensionsexemplar!)
Zum Inhalt möchte ich zur Abwechslung mal gar nichts sagen, weil es entweder in die falsche Richtung deuten oder spoilern würde.
Mit Ausnahme des Prologs hat mir der Einstieg in die Geschichte mit den kurzen Episoden der einzelnen Sommer sehr gut gefallen, schön auf den Punkt gebracht und die Atmodphäre kam toll rüber. Besonders gut gefallen hat mir auch das Motiv des Schreibens und der Liebe zu Geschichten, die sich wie ein roter Faden durch das Buch zieht. Die eigentliche Geschichte deutet sich schon früh an, ohne dass man so richtig versteht, wo alles hinführt. Eine richtig frische neue Idee, die mir viel Freude beim Lesen und beim Rätseln gemacht hat, was nun hinter allem steckt. Irgendwann wurde mir alles aber etwas zu verworren und es gab einfach zu viele Elemente, die alle in ein Buch gequetscht werden mussten. Der männliche Held hat mich leider gar nicht angesprochen, so habe ich auch nie mit der Liebesgeschichte mitgefiebert. Schöner fand ich da schon die Mädchenfreundschaften. Insgesamt war ich leider etwas enttäuscht, tolle Idee, tolles Setting, aber zu viele Elemente in eine Geschichte gepackt, so dass alles am Ende konfus wirkte und ich der Logik nicht immer folgen konnte. ...more
Elina trifft auf 2 Maler, die ihr anbieten, als Inspiration für ein erotisches Bild zu dienen. Die beiden sind schon lange in einer schwulen BeziehungElina trifft auf 2 Maler, die ihr anbieten, als Inspiration für ein erotisches Bild zu dienen. Die beiden sind schon lange in einer schwulen Beziehung, sind aber beide offen, Elina in ein kleines Abenteuer zu integrieren. ;-) Die Geschichte war schon sehr kurz und letzlich nicht soo umwerfend, aber es gab ein paar nette Momente (wie sie sich auf der großen Leinwand nackt und mit (essbarer) Farbe verschmiert wälzen, hatte schon was! ...more
A love triangle of a special kind, and this kind I can tolerate, because it was pretty fresh and new. Max and Wesley are in a secret gay relationship.A love triangle of a special kind, and this kind I can tolerate, because it was pretty fresh and new. Max and Wesley are in a secret gay relationship. When Jane comes into their lives they open it up and add her into the mix. What sounds weird turned out to be actually interesting and quite hot. I liked all three characters (although Jane was grinding my nerves at times a bit). This is a captivating and quick read with a cliffhanger (so consider yourselves warned), which I enjoyed a lot. Some of the usual drama around the ¾ point of the book felt a bit too much and too designed but overall this is a really good read....more
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Cassie besucht ihre Cousine Summer nachdem ihr Vater vor einer Weile(Danke an Netgalley und Impress für die Bereitstellung eines Rezensionsexemplars.)
Cassie besucht ihre Cousine Summer nachdem ihr Vater vor einer Weile verstorben ist und ihre Mutter nun eine Kur macht. Die beiden beschliessen bei einer Sommerchallenge im Internet mitzumachen, bei der sie eine Reihe von Aufgaben (zum Beispiel „Crashe eine Party“, „Kreiere ein Sommeroutfit“ etc) bewältigen müssen und dazu Bilder ihrer Abenteuer hochladen sollen.
Einerseits hat mir vieles sehr gut gefallen, die Idee der Challenges, das wunderbare Setting und die Charaktere waren sehr sommerlich frisch. Leider war mir vieles zu konstruiert. Die Challenges wirkten gleich bei der ersten Erwähnung so, als ob die Autorin schon genau im Kopf hatte wo und wie sie in die Geschichte passen würden. Außerdem ging es mir einfach zu oft um Klamotten und Kleidung, Stylings etc.
Der Love Interest Logan hat mich gar nicht angesprochen, Dieser ewige Wechsel zwischen lieb und verletzlich und dann grob und aggressiv war mir zu aufgesetzt und extrem. Ebenso wie das doch sehr kindliche permanente Heulen der Heldin. Seine Hindergrundgeschichte war mir dann auch etwas zu viel neben der Trauerbewältigung der Heldin.
Aber das war eben meine Empfindung, jemand anderes mag das Buch rundum ansprechend finden, mir haben meine Kritikpunkte leider viel von der anfänglichen Freude genommen.
This book felt dry in most parts except for the vivid ways the evilness of Lance Armstrong was portrayed. It meanders for ages around the backstoriesThis book felt dry in most parts except for the vivid ways the evilness of Lance Armstrong was portrayed. It meanders for ages around the backstories of some persons that have little effect on the real story. I made the mistake of reading it right after the great which was written by a biker involved in all the doping and portrayed the passion for biking and gave an insight on the thoughts and reasons of dopers rather than listing facts. Even the descriptions of certain key passages in races seemes lame and lacked soul for me. What I enjoyed was the view on the way bicycling was an industry with many interested parts that wanted to keep it exciting and clean (at least to the outside world). It was interesting to see how strings were being pulled. All in all though this was a rather distant and matter-of-factly account, which is ok but it failed to captivate me. I would rather want to stirr you towards the book by Tyler Hamilton if you are interested in the topic. ...more
Val is a confident rogue with some demons in his past that haunt him, his housekeeper Bridget has her own agenda but feels drawn to her handsome boss.Val is a confident rogue with some demons in his past that haunt him, his housekeeper Bridget has her own agenda but feels drawn to her handsome boss.
I loved another series by this author and this one started out great too, but it seems to go downhill constantly. I liked the atmosphere and the language, really enjoying the humour of the author.
But... sigh... I never liked the hero at all, he was arrogant and selfish and a few warm moments don't make up for his ways in the beginning. The first books held a sommon storyline, which turned into a different one, but now it feels like the series is just dragging without a common theme.
And no, the love scenes didn't make up for the rest of the book, I barely read them all as it seemed so redundant at some point....more
What a gripping page-turner, this was by far the best biography I read about a sportsman, knowing it was written by an athlete himself (with the helpWhat a gripping page-turner, this was by far the best biography I read about a sportsman, knowing it was written by an athlete himself (with the help of a co-writer) makes it extra special. Most of the facts are common knowledge by now, but seeing the world of cycling and doping unfold from the point of view of an insider was gripping and fascinating. One point I liked was that Tyler Hamilton never points fingers or makes others responsible for his actions. He isn't defending his actions but tries to explain what led to them. I rarely read a non-fiction book that was such a gripping recount of the rise and fall of some of the most famous cyclists in the late 90s, early 00s. I read thrillers that were lame compared to this! It gives a great insight into cycling and doping, but also the dynamics behind the riders. Strings being pulled, blackmail, the way doping gets totally normal in that world. He doesn't dwell too much on his childhood but gets to the interesting bits pretty quickly which I apreciated as well. This also might be something for readers shying away from non-fiction as it is so vivid and gripping. ...more
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Harvey is a young hippo, he has a dream: Flying. He tries and treis,Thank you to Lisa Sankar-Zhu and Netgalley for a free digital copy of this book.
Harvey is a young hippo, he has a dream: Flying. He tries and treis, gets inventive.
This is a really cute book for kids, the images are really charming with a drawing style that should appeal to younger children with a message and a nice conclusion of the story. It should be a quick read, perfect to read to your kids at night while looking at the images and read together.
I liked the message which wasn't too thickly laid on but which was just there....more
After having thrown a water bottle at an abusive and mean fan, Tim changes hockey teams and now has to prove he can still keep up with the youngstersAfter having thrown a water bottle at an abusive and mean fan, Tim changes hockey teams and now has to prove he can still keep up with the youngsters and lead a scandal-free life. Erin tries to score an autograph for her crush, who is also her boss. When she gets into a fight with a guy in the queue waiting for an autograph of Tim, Tim jumps in and rescues her, to ease off the attention of the media after this new incident, Erin agrees to stay and explain the situation to the press along with him. They fall for each other, but the last thing Erin wants is date a hockey player.
I was a bit disappointed, the daughter of the hero dies of Leucemia which seems so obviously designed to be a sympathy and emotion trigger, seemed just a bit too much in an otherwise light hockey romance. I did like the heroine, she is outspoken and funny, but her crush on her doctor in the beginning didn't seem to fit to her character in general.
The writing style often seemed wooden and stiff but I had some chuckles too. Some bits seemed unbelievable to me like the hero still playing with the outdated shoes from his other team and then being surprised how light the new models today were. I think at least when changing the team in a pro league you get new hockey shoes.
I won't follow the series but there is a m/m installment coming out which I will certainly pick up!
This book focusses on the rivalry between Canadian Ben Johnson and US-American Carl Lewis which peaked in the 100 m race during the Olympic Games in SThis book focusses on the rivalry between Canadian Ben Johnson and US-American Carl Lewis which peaked in the 100 m race during the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. And after which Ben Johnson was found guilty of doping. I was disappointed by the book. It deals with a fascinating theme and has great elements of tension but it delivers facts. Loads pf facts without really making it catchy. There are side-facts laid out that I found incredibly boring and some pages are just listing times and results. It was ok for what it was but I think (and know) that non-fiction book can be page turners. ...more