Review: Timekeeper

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“Timekeeper”
Author:
Tara Sim
Genre: Fantasy (Steampunk)
Pages: 414
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: November 2016
Read: February 2017

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Thequote

“So Danny let him tell his stories. He pretended to believe. But he knew better. It didn’t matter how many stories you told if you were still at fault in the end.”

About

Danny Hart works as a clock mechanic in an alternate Victorian London.
It is quite a special profession, and also a very important one. The mechanics are in charge of keeping the clock towers running, because damage to them means damage to time itself. A destroyed tower leads to the stopping of time within the whole city. Danny knows, for his father was trapped in such an incident three years ago and has disappeared ever since.
While Danny is still searching for a way to free his father, he gets an assignment to repair the clock tower in Enfield, and meets a mysterious boy, who happens to be the tower’s clock spirit and – well, the boy of his dreams.
But the clock towers are under attack, and very soon, more cities are being at risk of being stopped as well, including Enfield…

My opinion

What a heartwarming novel!
It really turned out to be some kind of feel-good-book for me, and I love it to pieces.

I expected Timekeeper to be filled with action and suspense, but it isn’t.
Instead, it’s a slow-paced, heartwarming tale about love and regret, that happens to also include some explosions here and there.
It’s really magical, with a detailed world and detailed main character. I especially loved the description of Danny and and how he dealt with the underlying trauma he had gone through, because it was realistic and, especially, because it wasn’t just brushed out of the way later on. His trauma was dealt with, rather than magically cured (while still containing a hopeful perspective in the end).
The other characters, however, were a bit flat in comparison, mostly for their lack of actual importance in the story, but still managed to be quite interesting.
I mean, a female auto mechanic in Victorian England? Count me in!

Except for one little detail, the story seems to be finished after this book, but I know it isn’t and I can’t wait for the sequel. However, there are no cliffhanger or important unanswered questions at the end, if you don’t like those.

So, if you would like to read a fantasy story with a gay protagonist, if you like Steampunk, and/or would like to read something more slow-paced, this is for you!

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4/5 Stars

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Review: A Lollypop Or A Bullet

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“A Lollypop Or A Bullet”

Originaltitel:
Satokashi no dangan wa uchinukenai”
Autor: Kazuki Sakurana & Iqura Sugimoto
Genre: Drama
Bände: 2
Verlag: Egmont Manga
Veröffentlicht: 2010

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Zitat

“Eine kleine Welt für sich… baufällig und verlassen… fast wie…”

Inhalt

Die dreizehnjährige Nagisa Yamada ist überzeugt davon, dass sie bereits alles Nötige über das Leben und seine Grausamkeit weiß. Immerhin hat sie in ihrem kurzen Leben bereits ihren Vater verloren, und ihr Bruder verlässt seit Jahren nicht mehr das Haus. Sie ist verbittert, distanziert und ist felsenfest davon überzeugt, dass ihre Zukunft bereits in Stein gemeißelt ist – und nicht sonderlich strahlend sein wird.
Ihre Einstellung zum Leben wird jedoch vollkommen auf den Kopf gestellt, als die junge Mokuzu in ihre Klasse wechselt. Nagisa hat noch nie in ihrem Leben ein dermaßen merkwürdiges Mädchen kennengelernt. Dennoch werden die beiden nach einigen Anfangsschwierigkeiten schnell zu Freunden.
Dies ist jedoch nicht der Anfang eines glücklichen Endes…

Meinung

Diese Mangareihe fühlt sich an wie ein Schlag ins Gesicht.
Und genau deswegen gehört es zu meinen Favoriten.

Ich empfehle diesen Manga jedem, der etwas außerhalb des typisch Bunten und Schrillen sucht.
Er ist düster und ernst und er tut weh. Und es gibt nichts in dieser Reihe, das einen von der grausamen Realität ablenken könnte.
Allerdings ist der Manga auch kein einziger Gewitterschauer. Es gibt durchaus einen Hoffnungsschimmer, der sich durch alles hindurchzieht. Es ist ein Manga, der einen zum Weinen bringt, aber der einen auch zum Nachdenken anregt.

Deswegen empfehle ich ihn guten Gewissens an jeden, der einmal einen etwas anderen Manga kennenlernen möchte. Auch denen, die mit diesem Format sonst nicht so viel anfangen können.

Bewertung
5/5 Sterne

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Review: The Library at Mount Char

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“The Library at Mount Char”
Author:
Scott Hawkins
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 388
Publisher: Broadway Books
Published: March 2016
Read: December 2016

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Thequote

“Are you a buddhist?“
“No. I’m an asshole. But I keep trying.“

About

After her family dies, Carolyn gets to live with eleven other kids in the library of Father, a strange man who has adopted them and granted them knowledge that is so powerful, it might even count as a superpower. But now, years later, Father is missing, and it can only be a matter of time, before his numerous enemies start to rise and try to take his power – or rather, the library. Carolyn and her siblings need all their strength to defend the library, before its secrets are taken by the wrong hands.
… Or maybe, this is about something entirely different.

My opinion

This book is a trainwreck. In the most wonderful way possible.
Really.
It’s not hard to admit that I expected something entirely different, and while I am sad that I did not get what I had hoped for, I still loved this book to pieces.
So, forget your expectations. This book is just brilliant.
Everyone is busy loosing their minds, until they realize they have nothing left to lose – except, well, that would be considered a major spoiler.
It’s dark and it’s weird and it’s bloody. It’s humorous and philosophical. … Have I mentioned it is bloody?

If you do not mind things getting a bit violent, love pitch-black humor and want to read something very unusual, this is a must read for you!

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4,5/5 Stars

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My TBR pile – 15 Questions (and Answers)

I wanted to present a part of my huge TBR pile to you, so I came up with some questions about it, that I am going to answer here.

Feel free to copy these questions (or a part of them) to your own blog to answer them if you want to, but please credit me 🙂

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Here we go:

  1. Number of books on your TBR pile
    According to Goodreads, there are 114 books I own and still need to read. This is surely getting out of hand.
  2. Book that has been in your TBR for more than a year
    More like five years, but okay. I chose “Ich wünschte, ich könnte dich hassen” (eng. “Stolen”) by Lucy Christopher for this one. I really wanted to read this book when it came out, so I bought it immediately… and have not even started it ever since.
  3. Last book you added to your TBR
    That would be “The smell of other people’s houses” by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I want to read more contemporary books right now and this just sounded like it would be really atmospheric and deep. I really hope it will be.
  4. Shortest book on your TBR
    That would be “Und der Himmel rot” by Gabi Kreslehner. It has 145 pages.
    I bought it because I liked the title, but I am not actually sure whether I will like the book itself. It’s very short, though, so there is not much lost if I try, I guess.
  5. Longest book on your TBR
    With 928 pages, it’s “Schlüssel” (eng. “Key) by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren. It’s the final book in the Engelsfors trilogy that I am currently reading, and it’s huge. I am not sure whether I have ever read a book that long before. At the very least, it’s the longest one I own.
  6. Last book in a series on your TBR
    I could go with the previous one, but that would be no fun. Instead, I chose “Sad Love Story 5” by Ji-Sang Sin for this one. It’s the last volume of a manhwa I read when I was about twelve, and I only ever finished the first four volumes. I should really finish this series at one point, but it’s sooo sad… Who would have guessed?
  7. Popular book on your TBR
    For this one, I chose “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu. I think it’s quite popular? I always wanted to read something by Marie Lu, and I fell in love with the description of this one. I hope it will be as good as it sounds.
  8. Unpopular book on your TBR
    I am not sure which ones of my books are rather unpopular, but I guess “Die Nacht gehört den Wölfen” by Wulf Dorn counts. It’s a young adult crime novel with a scary cover and an interesting title, and by now I only remember that I really wanted it, but not what the story is actually about.
  9. Book on your TBR that you got for a really low price
    I got “Die Seiten der Welt” by Kai Meyer as a used book in a sale at my local library. It’s a book about books, and I find these to be really interesting. It is also very pretty, so even if I end up not liking it, I can still just look at its cover, you know?
  10. Book on your TBR that was a present
    My boyfriend got me “Die Bücherdiebin” (eng. “The Book Thief”) by Markus Zusak just yesterday as a very belated christmas present. I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages! So I’m very happy that I finally own it now 😀
  11. Book on your TBR that was recommended by a friend
    A friend recommended “Sabriel” by Garth Nix to me about two years ago, and I when I found it in a sale, I just had to buy it.
  12. Book on your TBR that you wanted to have but changed your mind about
    I once bought “Die Schüler des Mangameisters” (eng. “The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice”) by Allen Say some years ago because of the manga-style cover, but I don’t think it will actually be my type of book. I am open for surprises, though.
  13. Book on your TBR of an unusual genre (for you)
    I’d say this would be “The Song of Archilles”. I am not really into historical fiction, but this one just sounded great, and I’ve been meaning to try new things anyway.
  14. Book on your TBR you already know you will love
    I have really high hopes for Victoria Schwab’s “Vicious”, and I am sure those hopes will be met. After the “Shades of Magic”-series and “This savage song” she became an auto-buy author for me, and the story of Vicious just sounds amazing. I am sure I will love it.
  15. Book you want to read next
    I can’t say this for sure, but I would really love to get to “The Crown’s Game” by Evelyn Skye next. Though it is not as popular as some other books, I heard really great things about this one and can’t wait to read it! It just sounds amazing.

Of course, there are many more books I am really looking forward too, but listing all 114 of them would be just too much. Not to mention the books I still have on my wishlist…

Did you already read any of these? Did you like them?
And what’s on your TBR? I would love to know!

Review: Bunker Diary

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“Bunker Diary”

Englischer Titel:
“The Bunker Diary”
Autor:
Kevin Brooks
Genre: Thriller
Seiten: 288
Verlag: dtv
Veröffentlicht: 2014
Gelesen: 2014

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Inhalt

Der sechzehnjährige Linus wacht alleine in einem Bunker auf. Ohne Verbindung zur Außenwelt, ohne irgendeine Chance, um Hilfe zu rufen.
Bald darauf ist er nicht mehr allein. Er und fünf weitere Personen, darunter ein kleines Mädchen, sind vollkommen der Gewalt ihres Entführers ausgeliefert. Und der spielt sehr gerne seine Spielchen mit ihnen. Kaum dass die sechs sich einigermaßen auf Kooperation einigen konnten, schlägt er einen Deal vor: Wer auch immer einen der anderen Entführten tötet, kommt frei…

Meinung

Normalerweise liebe ich die Bücher von Kevin Brooks. Nur dieses hier konnte mich leider wirklich nicht überzeugen.
Ich hatte wirklich hochgestochene Hoffnungen. Und es ging auch gut los. Linus ist ein sehr sympathischer Hauptcharakter, der sein Bestes tut, um die Gruppe zusammen zu halten und es nicht zur Eskalation kommen zu lassen. Er hat nur leider nicht sonderlich viel Glück dabei…

Was ich an diesem Buch wirklich sehr interessant finde ist der Stil, in dem es geschrieben wurde. Linus findet in dem Bunker ein Notizbuch, das er als Tagebuch benutzt, und aus genau diesen Tagebucheinträgen besteht „Bunker Diary“. Dadurch entsteht besonders am Ende ein äußerst eindrucksvoller Effekt.
Außerdem verleitet es dazu, das Buch sehr schnell durchzulesen.
Allerdings ist die Handlung relativ vorhersehbar und ab einem gewissen Punkt einfach nur noch deprimierend. Leider, zumindest aus meiner Sicht, ohne besonderen Tiefgang.
Die gleiche Geschichte mit dem gleichen Effekt hätte man auch in wesentlich weniger Seiten rüberbringen können. Letztendlich macht einen das Buch einfach nur traurig, und das nicht auf eine gute Art und Weise.

Das ist zwar auch der Punkt des Buches, aber leider gefällt es mir dadurch noch trotzdem nicht. Für andere Leser mag “Bunker Diary” jedoch durchaus seinen Reiz haben.

Bewertung
1,5/5 Sterne

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January 2017 Wrap Up

It’s a little late, but it’s still time for a January Wrap Up!

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I have managed to read quite a lot in January and I am really proud of myself! I was able to finish 10 books. Only one of them I had already started reading in 2016. I also started another three books that I haven’t finished yet.
According to Goodreads, that’s 3311 pages (plus about 200 in unfinished books) in January!
A very nice start into the year 🙂

Now, you certainly want to know which ones I read. Here they are:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I don’t really know what to think about this one. I was really hyped about it, but even though I enjoyed it, I found myself waiting for it to finally be over. So, I don’t know. It was fun, but it wasn’t actually that good.
3/5 Stars

And I Darken by Kiersten White
I thought this was going to be fantasy, and it wasn’t, but I loved it nonetheless. It was way better than I thought it would be, and I can’t wait for the sequel!
4.5/5 Stars

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
A very cute little romance! You can find my longer review for it here.
3.5/5 Stars

Scott Pilgrim: Das Leben Rockt! by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Very funny, though I actually like the movie more than the comic so far.
4/5 Stars

Alle Reden Zu Viel Und Andere Gedichte by Charles Bukowski
I don’t know why exactly I read this. The German translation just… sucks. So yeah…
2/5 Stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I had some trouble with getting into this one, but in the end, I still loved it! It wasn’t as good as Illuminae though, but that would have been really hard, anyway.
4/5 Stars

Giant Days 1 by John Allison
I did not know what to expect of this one, but I loved it! It’s really funny and very relatable!
4/5 Stars

Scott Pilgrim Gegen Den Rest Der Welt by Bryan Lee O’Malley
I liked this less than the first volume, as it was too confusing to actually follow the story. Still funny though.
3/5 Stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I read a lot of good things about this novel, so I finally decided to read it, too. And it was amazing! I finished it within less than three hours and cried a lot.
You can find my full review here.
4/5 Stars

Proxy by Alex London
My favorite book of January! There is a gay, POC protagonist, a very interesting dystopian world, and there are lots of plottwists. I can’t see why this book isn’t more popular, because it’s really amazing!
5/5 Stars

I am really looking forward to February now!
I would love to finish both Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Caraval by Stephanie Garber this month! Let’s see if that works 🙂

I hope you have discovered some wonderful books in January, too! I would love to hear about them! 🙂

Review: A Monster Calls

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Thebook

“A Monster Calls”
Author:
Patrick Ness
Pages: 225
Publisher: Candlewick
Published: 2011 / 2016 for this edition
Read: January 2017

Thequote

Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all.

About

There is a monster outside in the garden, calling Conor’s name. It had come for him. It claims that Conor himself has called it. It says that it’s there to tell a story, and to demand one in return. And it is not the monster Conor had expected.

My opinion

I read through this whole book in about two hours and a half, and if that doesn’t tell you something about whether I liked it, I don’t know what will.
First of all, this book broke my heart. And I love it for that.
It’s about truth, about how hurtful the truth can be, and why you need the truth anyway.
It’s about life, and it teaches a lesson; without being condescending. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put this book down again. It’s a fast read, and it’s an important one.
There really isn’t much else I can say without giving to much away. I can just urge you to go on and read this amazing novel, too.

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4/5  Stars

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