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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, Band 1)
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, Band 1)
von Cassandra Clare
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 16,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvellous start to a new trilogy!, 8. März 2016
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Sometimes, when you see that an author has a new book, you immediately have high expectations for their work. I am very happy to say that Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight meets her fans’ high expectations – even surpassed them – and it will leave you wanting more.
Lady Midnight is a beautifully written book, which will enthrall you from the first page to the last. Reading it took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and while I cursed Cassie for making me feel ALL THE FEELS, I also loved every single second of it and I hope you will feel the same.

Love is one of the major themes of Lady Midnight, but as Julian remarks in a recently released snippet, “this is not a love story.” Lady Midnight is so much more than a romantic love story, although these parts gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Lady Midnight is a powerful love story about love in a family, love amongst friends and love amongst parabatai. The familial love between the Blackthorns was one of my favourite things to read about and I teared up several times because the love Julian feels for his siblings shines through on every single page.
You cannot not write about parabatai after reading Lady Midnight. Emma and Julian’s parabatai relationship is quite special and I am happy that we finally have a girl/boy pairing. These two definitely have their ups and downs and it gets really complicated when one of them develops feelings for the other. Romantic love between parabatai is of course forbidden, so this puts person A in a very uncomfortable position. They know it is wrong, by Clave standards, but you cannot exactly flip a switch and be out of love with someone.
The romantic scenes in Lady Midnight varied from sweet to smoking hot. They will make you squeal, freak out, hug someone/something or throw your book across the room. I love Cassie’s writing, how she paints worlds with her words, but I simply adore the romance in her books because of how it affects me.

Cassie herself described The Dark Artifices as “a noir inspired romantic mystery” and I completely agree with it. Reading Lady Midnight was very close to reading a detective story, which is not surprising since the book is about a new series of murders as well as Emma’s ongoing investigation in her parents’ murder back in 2007. I thoroughly enjoyed how the Blackthorns, even the youngest, and Emma put all the clues together to solve the recent murders. The way everything fell together was very natural and when the characters found out who was responsible, it was a big ‘Oh shoot’ moment.
There is a heavy focus on the faeries, who play a big role in The Dark Artifices. We meet Kieran, one member of the Wild Hunt, and other faeries who are more or less affected by the Cold Peace, which many characters disagree with and find despicable. Reading about the repercussions of this ruling showed once again how wrong the Clave really was in punishing all of the Fey folk when only a few were actually to blame. I still have hope that a big conflict between the Shadowhunters and the faeries can be avoided, but it will take a lot of work to prevent another battle or even a war.

Fans, who follow Cassie on social media and who have read City of Heavenly Fire, know that The Dark Artifices will also deal with LGBT+ and neuroatypical characters. The Clave, of course, does not have a favourable opinion about both groups, ignorant as it is, but I do think that it is very important that characters who are homosexual or bisexual as well as characters who have mental illnesses were included in Lady Midnight. This inclusion, in my opinion, sends a very powerful message to Cassie’s fans and I commend her for it.
Cassie on one of the neuroatypical characters, “I wanted to make it clear that he was just as intelligent and skilled, and just as worthy and capable of love, respect and admiration as his neurotypical peers, when he is struggling and when he is not, and I hope you will like him.” I love him and I hope other fans will feel the same!

Final thoughts:
You are definitely in for a few surprises. The biggest surprise made me freak out a lot and it is very hard to keep my excitement to myself. I cannot wait to see the fans’ reactions to this revelation!

It was also really nice to hear about the characters from The Mortal Instruments, what they were up to these days and who got engaged, but my priority were the Blackthorns and co., so I had almost forgotten that some TMI characters would have cameos. The hardcover and paperback editions of Lady Midnight have a short story about the beloved TMI characters, which is a nice treat for the fans.
Lady Midnight was such a strong start to The Dark Artifices and while I will always love City of Bones, because it introduced me to Cassie’s incredible world, it has lost its #2 spot on my ‘best first book of the series’ list. The Dark Artifices even has the potential to surpass The Infernal Devices and I could not be more excited for Lord of Shadows!

Five out of five stars.


An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
von Sabaa Tahir
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 13,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing debut novel that deserves all the hype, 4. Juni 2015
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: An Ember in the Ashes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I started An Ember in the Ashes yesterday, finished it today and whilst I am still stunned by its beautiful story, I just *need* to write this short review so that more people will read this wonderful book and fall in love with it.
The book has everything a great fantasy novel needs: likeable/relatable characters, an amazing plot with twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat or make you want to throw away your book, supernatural elements and a fascinating world. The world-building is incredible and I just want to know more! The maps of the world and of the military academy were great and I often looked at them for reference.

Sabaa Tahir knows how to spin an intriguing tale and she knows which words she has to use to make her readers (want to) devour this book in one sitting. Whilst there are romantic elements in Ember, they are only minor because the story actually does not need a romantic subplot. So many interesting things are happening that the romance takes a backseat (it's still nice, though).

If I had read the ebook I would have hightlighted so many amazing and profound quotes that make me sit down and think about them. Here is one of them:
“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

In a nutshell: I loved An Ember in the Ashes and I can only recommend it to anyone who wants to read a stunning fantasy novel! Sabaa Tahir deserves all the praise she is getting for Ember.
I am already looking forward to the sequel, which will be published next year, and wish anyone who decides to purchase this book after reading my review: happy reading!


Funko Pop! Vinyl Bobblehead - Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy -Dancing Groot
Funko Pop! Vinyl Bobblehead - Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy -Dancing Groot
Preis: EUR 13,34

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wirklich schön!, 26. Februar 2015
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Ich bin von der Baby Groot Figur ziemlich begeistert. Sie sieht wirklich so niedlich aus wie auf dem Bild. Einziges Manko: sie ist im Gesicht nicht so gut verarbeitet. Auf der "Nase" sind - ich nenne sie mal - Krümmel und am "Haaransatz" sind auch irgendwelche Rückstände, die sich mit einem feuchten Lappen und Viss nicht entfernen lassen.
Sowas kann schon mal vorkommen und wenn man Groot in der Verpackung lässt, fällt es fast nicht auf.
Wer Guardians of the Galaxy und Baby Groot mochte, dem kann ich diese Figur nur empfehlen!


Balvi - Buchstuetzen SO MANY!, schwarz, Metall
Balvi - Buchstuetzen SO MANY!, schwarz, Metall
Wird angeboten von Balvi
Preis: EUR 21,35

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Blickfang auf dem Bücherregal, 2. Oktober 2014
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Ich bin begeistert von den Buchstützen! Sie sehen toll aus und sie haben kleine Gummiplättchen am Boden, damit das Bücherregal nicht leidet. Die beiden Schriftzüge schweben etwas in der Luft, sodass die Stützen ohne Bücher zur Seite fallen, d.h wenn man sie für Taschenbücher nutzen möchte, dann rate ich, mindestens fünf 3,5 cm Taschenbücher zu nehmen, um genügend Gewicht zu haben. Für mich eine klare Kaufempfehlung!


Electro-Weideworld Polka dot Gel Silikon Schutz Hülle Schutzhülle Schutzhülle Silicon Rück Schale Tasche Cover Case Etui mit Punkte für Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190
Electro-Weideworld Polka dot Gel Silikon Schutz Hülle Schutzhülle Schutzhülle Silicon Rück Schale Tasche Cover Case Etui mit Punkte für Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190

4.0 von 5 Sternen Fast perfekt, 27. September 2014
Die Punkte sind dunkler und anders angeordnet als auf der Produktabbildung, was aber nicht schlimm ist. Die Hülle hatte sogar noch eine Abziehfolie, die die Oberfläche schützt. Der einzige Minuspunkt ist, dass die Hülle unten am Handy nicht ganz passt - es fehlt wohl etwas Material - und man so die silberne Umrandung des Galaxys sehen kann. Trotzdem ein schönes Produkt.


L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Blackbuster, schwarz - präziser Eyeliner mit intensiver Farbe - ideal für breite Lidstriche und ein extremeres Make Up geeignet - bis zu 24h Halt!, 1er Pack (1 x 2,5 ml)
L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Blackbuster, schwarz - präziser Eyeliner mit intensiver Farbe - ideal für breite Lidstriche und ein extremeres Make Up geeignet - bis zu 24h Halt!, 1er Pack (1 x 2,5 ml)
Preis: EUR 6,58

2.0 von 5 Sternen Na ja..., 14. September 2014
Der Blackbuster malt einen schönen Lidstrich, egal ob einen dicken oder einen dünnen. An der Farbintensität habe ich nichts zu bemängeln, der Strich ist mattschwarz.
Was ich allerdings zu bemängeln habe, und weshalb ich nur 2 Sterne vergeben habe, ist die Tatsache, dass sich der Lidstrich leider abstempelt. Nach ein paar Stunden hat man schwarze Streifen auf dem beweglichen Lid und sieht aus wie ein Panda. Das ist wirklich schade, da das Auftagen sehr einfach ist.

Kurze Zusammenfassung: Für ein paar Stunden ausreichend, für eine längere Tragezeit leider nichts.


Original Samsung In-Ear Headset weiß ehs-64 EHS64AVF Kopfhörer mit Lautstärkeregler für Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300, Galaxy Note N7000, Galaxy W i8150, Galaxy Y S5360, Galaxy Nexus I9250, s8600 Wave 3, i9001 Galaxy S PlusGalaxy Xcover S5690 Smartphone, Wave Y S5380, Wave M S7250, i9000 Galaxy, S5830 Galaxy Ace, Galaxy R i9103,
Original Samsung In-Ear Headset weiß ehs-64 EHS64AVF Kopfhörer mit Lautstärkeregler für Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300, Galaxy Note N7000, Galaxy W i8150, Galaxy Y S5360, Galaxy Nexus I9250, s8600 Wave 3, i9001 Galaxy S PlusGalaxy Xcover S5690 Smartphone, Wave Y S5380, Wave M S7250, i9000 Galaxy, S5830 Galaxy Ace, Galaxy R i9103,
Wird angeboten von HoE-24 GmbH
Preis: EUR 5,36

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Satz mit x, 23. August 2014
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Meine Original-Kopfhörer von Samsung hatten leider nach weniger als einem Jahr Nutzung einen Wackelkontakt und so habe ich mich zum Kauf o.g. Produkts entschieden. Ja, ich gebe zu, dass der günstige Preis (EUR 3,99) eine Rolle gespielt hat und deswegen waren meine Erwartungen, was die Tonqualität anging, nicht hoch. In vielen Rezensionen war dies der Kritikpunkt Nummer 1, was ich nicht bestätigen kann; ich bin zufrieden. Was ich allerdings als komplett negativ bewerte und deshalb nur einen Stern vergebe, sind die Tatsachen, dass 1. der Lautstärkeregler nicht funktioniert. Ich kann die Musik lauter stellen, doch leiser geht es nicht. 2. - und dies ist das größte Manko - das integrierte Mikrofon und der Rufannahmeknopf funktionieren nicht. Manchmal lässt sich das Telefonieren im Auto nicht vermeiden und genau dafür wollte ich das Headset u.a. nutzen.
Manchmal kann billiger tatsächlich genauso gut sein wie teuer, doch hier ist es leider nicht der Fall.


Keep Calm & Read on Beaded Bookmark
Keep Calm & Read on Beaded Bookmark
von Peter Pauper Press
  Zubehör
Preis: EUR 3,14

5.0 von 5 Sternen Schönes Produkt, 23. August 2014
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Das Lesezeichen ist hübsch anzusehen, es ist stabil und die Kugel sehr robust. Ein tolles Geschenk, wenn man jemanden eine kleine Freude machen möchte!


Breakable
Breakable
Preis: EUR 6,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Easy to love Breakable, 15. Mai 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Breakable (Kindle Edition)
This review won't be entirely spoiler-free and will also refer to Tammara Webber's novel Easy, which is the first book in her Contours of the Heart series.

I had high expectations in this book because I loved Easy - I consider it one of the best New Adult novels - so I was extremely relieved and happy when Breakable exceeded my expectations.
The book is divided into perspectives from Landon and Lucas. Each chapter begins with a Landon POV which shows him as a teenager 'before' and 'after' the 'event' (everyone who has read Easy will know what I'm talking about) and ends with a Lucas POV. Lucas' POV starts a few weeks before Easy which I thought was very nice because we could see how he fell in love with Jacqueline.

Tammara's writing was fluid and captivating. I teared up several times but also laughed a lot. How can I not when Landon compares himself to Harry Potter? -> “I had become Harry Potter. Except I was thirteen and not magic, and my destiny, whatever it was, held no profound purpose.”
Lucas made me swoon and fall even more in love with him whilst Landon made me sad and really feel for him. At some points it was hard to go on reading because Landon was in so much pain or so lonely.
I enjoyed the flashbacks to 'before' but they also made it harder because we could see how Landon turned from a happy and much loved teenager to a lonely and neglected one.

I enjoyed the scenes between Lucas and Jacqueline even more than I did in Easy. Reading Lucas' POV also made me understand why he forgave Jacqueline that quickly.
I loved the extra Lucas/Jacqueline chapters we got, especially the chapter when they said 'I love you' for the very first time. It was so cute and my heart melted a little bit.

Breakable is definitely worth its money and if you loved Easy then its 'prequel/companion' novel is a 'must-buy'.


The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles)
The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing 'prequel' for City of Bones/The Mortal Instuments, 17. Dezember 2013
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I'm blown away by this installment of The Bane Chronicles! Fans of The Mortal Instruments know that Valentine was a despicable Shadowhunter, but in my opinion this ebook shows how truly horrible he had been. Good riddance!
The were a lot of familiar names and also a lot of references to The Infernal Devices which I loved. The pacing was fast - Clare, Rees Brennan and Johnson did a great job - and I loved being inside Magnus's head while he met the Shadowhunters we know from The Mortal Instruments. We got a complete different view on them which will definitely influence me when I re-read the TMI books. The ending was (bitter) sweet and I can honestly say that I've enjoyed this book as much if not even more as The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4).
The Last Stand of the New York Institute is a must read for all the fans of The Mortal Instruments series!


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