A Pick Me Up for Broken Things – How the Snyder’s Healer Series Healed my Sou

The Healer Series has healed my fantasy deprived soul. I used to read so much fantasy and lately I was mostly unhappy with what I read and I missed stories, worlds, and characters that would captivate me. I felt as if something in me was broken. The joy I usually deprived from fantasy books was gone – maybe even lost. But then the Healer Series by Maria V. Snyder came along. This trilogy – Touch of Power, Scent of Magic, and Taste of Darkness – fed three ravenous beasts within me: the thirst for action, believable friendships and world building.

I Need To Catch My Breath – Action Packed Storylines That Don’t Slow Down

Just as her Study Trilogy the action was fast paced. I enjoyed the setting and the world building, but the incredible fast pace, the lack of narrative breaks and therefore the amount of running, hunting, being hunted and fighting the protagonists had to go through, captured me from the first to the last page. There was barely a break for the poor guys to catch a breath.

Cross My Heart And Swear To Die – Friendships Save The World

Alongside the action, the friendships make up the core of the story – at least for me. They are believable, withstand opposition and hardship, are comical and endearing, and longstanding. Once I close the book, I start to miss them, as I felt like a member of that circle. The sidekicks are usually the most lovable characters in the book. Until this day I am always happy to see them again – in other stories or when rereading the old ones.

Take Me Away From Here – Building A World Where I’d Rather Be

Within a short time I am fully immersed in the world and often the magical, political, and social system that is new to me. I can see it, feel it, and I am familiar with it, still I discover even more throughout the entirety of the trilogy. Yet I believe, if those are continued I would learn so much more and still am surprised by it.

So far I have enjoyed Maria V. Snyder’s Study Trilogy and Healer Series. I have to admit that I am not as thrilled with the Glass Series (that is set in the same world as the Study Trilogy), but I will surely finish that as I want to continue my adventures in Ixia. If you need something to pick you up that you can’t put down – have a go.

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Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce – Pip Bartlett und die Magischen Tiere: Die brandgefährlichen Fussels/ Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (Incl. English Review)

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  • Hardcover
  • Verlag: Heyne>fliegt
  • veröffentlicht: 2015
  • Seiten: 340

Klappentext/Blurb:

Die neunjährige Pip Bartlett hat eine besondere Gabe: Sie kann mit magischen Tieren sprechen – mit Einhörnern, Seidengreifen und Hopp-Grackeln. Mit Eltern und Lehrern klappt die Verständigung allerdings manchmal nicht so gut. Weshalb Pip in den Sommerferien wegen des Einhorn-Vorfalls (wer denkt denn auch, dass die so doof sind!) zu ihrer Tante Emma verbannt wird. Emma leitet eine Praxis für magische Tiere, und begeistert plaudert Pip den ganzen Tag mit den verrücktesten Geschöpfen, die man je gesehen hat. Doch dann taucht ein abenteuerliches Problem auf, nämlich Unmengen von Fussels. Das Schlimme an diesen kleinen pelzigen Wesen: Wenn sie sich aufregen, gehen sie in Flammen auf … Hier können nur Pip und ihr neuer Freund Thomas helfen. (Heyne>fliegt)

An exciting new series full of magical creature, whimsical adventures and quirky illustrations. Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. And her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. When things go amok, Pip consults JEFFREY HIGGLESTON’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES — a fun guide to such entities that Pip adds to from time to time. (Amazon)

In Kürze/In (Very) Short:

+ ein wunderbares Abenteuer mit magischen Tieren
+ tolle Illustrationen und tolle Buchgestaltung
+ sympathische Figuren und Kreaturen und einen schönen Bösewicht
+ a great adventure story with magical creatures
+ beautiful illustrations and an overall stunning design
+ loveable characters and a wonderfully wicked villain

Meinung/My Opinion:

Pip Bartlett kann mit magischen Tieren sprechen und sorgt damit für ein Riesenchaos beim Schulprojekt. Als Strafe muss Pip zu ihrer Tante, die eine Tierarztpraxis für magische Tiere hat. Nicht wirklich eine Strafe für Pip – wenn man von ihrer Cousine einmal absieht –, die hier nicht nur ihre Fähigkeiten einsetzen kann, sondern auch gleich noch ein paar magische und nicht-magische Freunde kennenlernt. Mit denen muss sie die Stadt vor den brandgefährlichen Fussels retten.

Das Buch ist ein wunderbare Kinderbuch mit einer liebenswerten Protagonistin, tollen Kreaturen, einem spannenden Abenteuer und einer schönen Botschaft am Ende.

Das Autorenduo hat wirklich eine tolle Welt mit wunderbaren Figuren und sehr schönen Kreaturen erschaffen. Diese sind liebenswert und chaotisch – wie z.B. Pip, das Einhorn Regent Maximus, Thomas, der auf magische Tiere mit magischen Allergien reagiert, und der mürrische Seidengreif Blubber. Natürlich gibt es auch einen wunderbar unsympathischen weiblichen Bösewicht und eine nervige Cousine.

Die Geschichte ist wirklich niedlich und schnelllebig, das Buch ist sehr schön gestaltet mit Zeichnungen zu den jeweiligen Wesen und ist in blau gehalten. Die Zeichnungen sind wirklich wunderbar und entzückend. Der Schreibstil ist angenehm, flott und zum Thema und Buch passend.

Vielen Dank an den Heyne>fliegt Verlag für die Bereitstellung des Rezenzionsexemplars.

Pip can talk to magical creatures and gets into trouble. As a punishment she has to spend her summer with her aunt who is a veterinarian and treats magical animals. Not really a big punishment for Pip. She quickly makes new friends and soon has to find a way to save the city from little flammable creatures.

This books is a wonderful children’s book with a loveable protagonist, wonderful creatures, an exiting little adventure and a lovely message at the end.

The authors have created an interesting and divers world with some unique and beautiful magical creatures. Who doesn’t love a scared and scatterbrained unicorn – who has way to many anxieties and issues. Alongside the many likeable characters (Pip, Thomas, Pip’s aunt Emma, Regent Maximus – the unicorn and many more) are of course a wonderfully wicked villain and an annoying teenage cousin.

The story is fast-paced and adorable, the book is beautifully illustrated and the illustrations as well as the pages are kept in blue. The writing is fluent, fast, and fitting for the age range it was written for.

Fazit/Bottom Line:

Ein wunderbar unterhaltsames Kinderbuch mit fantastischen Tieren und Zeichnungen.

A beautiful and entertaining adventure story with magical creatures and fantastic illustrations.

Rating:

rating 4

Sarah J. Maas – The Assassin and the Underworld

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eBook
published: 2012
publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Blurb:

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, Celaena jumps at the chance to strike a blow against the evil practice. The mission is a dark and deadly affair that takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer – and she doesn’t like what she finds there. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ the fourth novella set on the world of Throne of Glass
+ fast-paced
+ intrigue, action, betrayal

My Opinion:

I have read through these novellas quite quickly, yet I could not start the last one yet, as I know what will or has happened in there. But back to this story. As with the others I will not go into detail when it comes to the story, since I would spoil Throne of Glass if you haven’t read it yet.

This story was a little more emotional than the last, at least that is what I remember the most after reading it some time ago. As any other story there was action, intrigue, and betrayal. Yet, The Assassin and the Underworld resonated on a more emotional level. I felt for Celaena, I was hurt, sad, and sometimes even a little happy (though that was quickly gone, since I remembered what will happen to the characters later on). It was a fast-paced storyline with quite some twists and turns. I am a little anxious to read the last story of this novella series.

Bottom Line:

A good, fast-paced, and entertaining read.

Rating:

rating 4

Bill Bryson – It’s teatime, my dear! Wieder reif für die Insel/ The Road to Little Dribbling (Incl. a Short English Review)

I read this book in German and since it was a given to me by the publisher for an honest review, this review is in German. For a short English review see further below.

Its teatime my dear von Bill Bryson

Hardcover
Verlag: Goldmann Verlag
veröffentlicht: 2016
Seiten: 479

Klappentext:

Abwarten, Tee trinken, weiterreisen!
Vor über dreißig Jahren beschloss der Amerikaner Bill Bryson, England zu seiner Wahlheimat zu machen und für einige Jahre dort zu leben. Damals brach er auf zu einer großen Erkundungsreise quer über die britische Insel. Inzwischen ist er ein alter Hase, was die Eigentümlichkeiten der Engländer betrifft, aber dennoch entdeckt er immer wieder Neues, was ihn fasziniert und amüsiert. Kein Wunder also, dass es ihn reizt, diese Insel erneut ausgiebig zu bereisen. Von Bognor Regis bis Cape Wrath, vom englischen Teehaus bis zum schottischen Pub, von der kleinsten Absteige bis zum noblen Hotel, Bryson lässt nichts aus und beantwortet zahlreiche Fragen. Wie heißt der Big Ben eigentlich wirklich? Wer war Mr. Everest? Warum verstehen sich Amerikaner und Engländer nur bedingt? Bill Bryson will noch einmal wissen, was dieses Land so liebenswert macht, und begibt sich auf den Weg – schließlich ist er wieder reif für die Insel! (Goldmann Verlag)

In Kürze:

+ Brysons zweite Tour durch Großbritannien
+ Irrsinnige, abstruse und haarsträubende Situationen gibt es wirklich in jedem Land
+ historische und zeitgenössische Anekdoten runden das Bild ab, man lernt nie aus

Meinung:

Ich lese die Bücher von Bill Bryson wirklich sehr gerne. Das erste Buch was auf meiner liebsten Insel spielt, hat nicht nur mich, sondern auch meine Eltern und Freunde zum Lachen gebracht. Nach einigen Aufenthalten in Großbritannien haben wir doch die ein oder andere Situation und/oder Eigenschaft wiedererkannt.

Daher habe ich mich sehr auf dieses Buch gefreut. Es hat mir auch diesmal wieder Spaß gemacht und ich habe an einigen Stellen herzlich gelacht – mehr über die allgemeinen Aussagen, die auch auf andere Leute und Länder zutreffen. Trotz alledem war dieses Buch leider nicht so schön wie Reif für die Insel. Vielleicht weil es mir manchmal so vorkam, als würde ein alter muffiger Onkel das ganze Buch über der guten alten Zeit hinterhertrauern und über alles heutige nur meckern – was in Zeiten des Brexits auch eine leicht anderen Beigeschmack bekommt. Viele der Situationen sind einfach irrsinnig und streckenweise absolut abstrus, doch der Grundton des Meckerns und Nachtrauerns hat es doch manchmal schwierig gemacht die ganze Komplexität und den Irrsinn aufzunehmen.

Ich persönlich fand die oft eingestreuten geschichtlichen Fakten durchaus interessant, auch wenn mir doch einige Namen und Personen recht fremd waren, aber man lernt ja nie aus. Der Schreibstil war angenehm und wunderbar – wie von Bryson gewohnt.

Vielen Dank an den Goldmann Verlag für dieses Rezensionsexemplar.

Fazit:

Alles in allem war das Buch eine unterhaltsame Erzählung über meine liebste Insel.

Rating:

rating 3

In English:

I thoroughly enjoy reading Bill Brysons books. They are entertaining, funny and also educational. I was looking forward to reading this book, since „Notes of a Small Island“ was simply wonderful.

Again it was an entertaining read with a wonderful plethora of people, situations, and lunacy. However, this time the journey felt more like an old grumpy man was complaining about pretty much everything and wallow in the good old times – which in times of Brexit and many other changes in the world had ocassionally a bit of an different aftertaste.

Still, I understand the ranting about the mind-boggling idiocy that seems to run rampant among politicians, economists, and people really. And I really enjoyed the historical anecdotes and facts thrown in between though I did not know some of the people mentioned -yet you never stop and learn.

All in all, this was a good and entertaining book about my favorite little island 🙂

Der Autor:

Bill Bryson wurde 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, geboren. 1977 zog er nach Großbritannien und schrieb dort mehrere Jahre u. a. für die Times und den Independent. Mit seinem Englandbuch »Reif für die Insel« gelang Bryson der Durchbruch. Heute ist er in England der erfolgreichste Sachbuchautor der Gegenwart. Seine Bücher werden in viele Sprachen übersetzt und stürmen stets die internationalen Bestsellerlisten. 1996 kehrte Bill Bryson mit seiner Familie in die USA zurück, wo es ihn jedoch nicht lange hielt. Er war erneut »Reif für die Insel«, wo er heute wieder lebt. (Goldmann Verlag)

Sarah J. Maas – The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Desert

eBook
published: 2012
publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Blurb:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. Quiet suits her just fine – until she begins to suspect there’s a traitor in the fortress, and she must determine which of the mute and mysterious assassins is her deadly adversary. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ novella in the Throne of Glass series
+ short, quick, good
+ always entertaining to spend some time with Celaena

My Opinion:

This novella, set in the world of Celaena Sardothien, takes the reader into the time prior to the actions in the first novel Throne of Glass. We get to know how Celaena learned many of her skills – here with the silent assassins – and what has happened and turned her into the person that she was at the beginning of the book series.

I enjoy the glimpses into her past, the stories that were only hinted at in the books, and I still like her. The story was interesting, though not the fastest. It offered a great inside into Celaena’s emotions and the acts that influenced her life.

Bottom Line:

A good, quick and interesting read.

Rating:

rating 4

Grace Draven – Master of Crows

Master of Crows

eBook
published: 2011
pages: 278

Blurb:

What would you do to win your freedom?
This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer’s treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation–until she falls in love with her intended target.
Silhara of Neith, Master of Crows, is a desperate man. The god called Corruption invades his mind, seducing him with promises of limitless power if he will help it gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption’s influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclave sends Martise as an apprentice to help him, he knows she’s a spy. Now he fights a war on two fronts–against the god who would possess him and the apprentice who would betray him.
Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. Silhara must decide if his fate, and the fate of nations, is worth the soul of the woman he has come to love, and Martise must choose continued enslavement or freedom at the cost of a man’s life. And love. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:

+ a fantasy romance novel
+ an interesting premise of a god trying to poses a mage
+ graphic scenes

My Opinion:

As I enjoyed Draven’s previous book Radiance, I picked up another one. The premise was intriguing, the story world fascinating, yet I had a few more troubles with this one.

I had to think a little before the story comes back to mind: the main protagonist (a mage) is plagued by a god who wants to control and possess him but has not succeeded so far. The conclave wants to fight the mage because they believe that he is already possessed by or working for the god Corruption. Therefore, they send a spy: Martise. So far so interesting and the storyline centering around fighting the god and how the conclave and the protagonists fit into the overall story was very good.

Of course there is some tension, a lot of magical torture to expose Martise’s gift, a grumpy and friendly housekeeper and lots of graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.

Since I have not discovered my liking for all these new adult novels and what not, I am not the biggest fan of these stories – is it a fantasy romance novel, I am unsure. I enjoyed the fighting of the god and I was interested in the story world, yet their repeated, detailed, and sometimes really out-of-place procreation kinda got in the way and therefore this story world and story were occasionally neglected. Though this was a good read, it was a little too graphic for me.

Bottom Line:

A good read with an interesting premise and some quite graphic sex scenes.

Rating:

rating 3

Octavia E. Butler – Parable of the Talents

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paperback
publisher: Grand Central Publishing
published: 2000
pages: 464

Blurb:

Lauren Olamina’s love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches “God Is Change”. But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers — or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ second part of a duology
+ set in the future with not necessarily always sympathetic characters
+ wonderful writing yet quite graphic at times

My Opinion:

After we follow the main character Lauren Olamina survive in a world, where the government has collapsed, and a society that has reverted to anarchy, she has now found a place to stay with her followers, followers that believe in the religious system that she has developed in her youth. But the peaceful time is short before she and her people have to endure even more horror.

The book was oddly captivating: though the topic and the story was quite brutal and harsh at times and the main characters were unsympathetic and unrelateable to me, I whisked through this novel quite fast after a while. Due to the topic and the graphic descriptions, I had to put the book down for a while, yet once I was emotionally in a good place, I continued and finished quite quickly.

The story was narrated by Olamina and her daughter, thus we followed the story split into two different time lines. Yet neither of the characters was sympathetic or somewhat relateable. I couldn’t connect to either of them as they somehow missed redeeming qualities.

The writing of the author captivated me and made sure I enjoyed the read.

Bottom Line:

It was a good read with wonderful and captivating writing, yet unsympathetic characters and quite graphic instances.

Rating:

rating 3