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Dangerous Creatures ist eine Spin-Off Buchserie von Kami Garcia und Margaret Stohl, die aus der Beautiful Creatures Reihe entstanden ist. Das Buch handelt über Ridley Duchannes und ihren Freund Wesley „Link“ Lincoln auf ihrem Weg nach New York. Link träumt davon, dort die große Karriere als Rockstar zu machen, doch Ridley hat ganz andere Pläne. In einer gefährlichen Glückspielpartie mit dem dunklen Caster Lennox Gates, hat sie einiges verloren und steht nun in ihrer Schuld. Diese Schuld betrifft auch Link, der jedoch nichts von all dem weiß. In New York angekommen, beginnen die Schwierigkeiten für Link und Ridley, welche immer tiefer in das Geschehen der dunklen Caster mit hineingezogen werden.
Ridley war für mich in Beautiful Creatures immer eine der interessantesten Charaktere, sie war stark, unabhängig und hatte ihren eigenen Kopf. Doch wie es scheint, verliert sie all diese guten Eigenschaften in Dangerous Creatures. Sie hat nur noch ihren Freund Link im Kopf und ihre größte Angst ist es, ihn zu verlieren, trotzdem lügt sie ihn immer wieder aufs Neue an. Sie hat keinerlei Stärke und Selbstachtung mehr und ist vielmehr eine weinerliche Göre, der man den Lollipop weggenommen hat. Der Plot war obendrein unglaublich vorhersehbar und nicht gerade spannend. Auch die anderen Charaktere in dem Buch haben mich keineswegs interessiert. Diese Buchserie werde ich nicht weiterführen, da Dangerous Creatures einfach nur langweilig war. Vielleicht funktioniert die Welt der Caster für mich nicht, ohne Lena und Ethan, so oder so, nur Ridley allein schafft es nicht, mich für diese Bücher zu begeistern. Also seid gewarnt, bei diesem Buch hat man nichts verpasst.
I loved the Beautiful Creaturs but I hated Dangerous Creatures. The story was boring and I wanted to punch Ridley in the face most of the time. She is such a stupid girl and does not deserve link. Maybe I need Lena and Ethan or Gatlin or both but I could not get on board with this novel. It felt like a rushed spin off and I skimmed through the last pages. I will not pursue this series any longer. Maybe you liked this book more than I did? Tell me in the comments or on the social media.
Love triangles are often seen in YA books. They are mostly annoying but sometimes there are some love triangles that are better crafted. Here some of my favourite love triangles in young adult books.
#5 Bella, Edward and Jacob from Twilight
Bella, Edward and Jacob are the original love triangle, at least for me. In the twilight books the plot is all about the three of them. Even if Jacob does not really stand a chance against Edward the whole team thing when watching the movies was kind of fun. I was always on team Jacob just for the fact that Edward is dead and a creepy stalker. He is also way too controlling.
#4 Blue, Adam and Gansey from The Raven Cycle
This is not a traditional love triangle but I still count it as one. In the first book Blue begins a relationship with Adam even if she knows he is probably not her true love. Because this is probably Gansey and it is clear the two of them have a special bond. Unfortunately Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him. So this is problematic. Adam is also Gansey’s best friend which makes it worse. I have only read the first book in the Raven Cycle so who knows what will happen between the two of them.
#3 Clary, Jace and Simon (and also Isabelle and Alec) from The Mortal Instruments
This love triangle is a little bit more complicated. I try to break it down for you. Clary is into Jace and ace is into Clary kind off. But they think they are siblings. Simon is also into Clary and he is also her best friend (friendzone much!). Isabelle is into Simon but does not want to tell him and Alec, Isabelle’s brother is into Jace but keeps it also quite because gay Shadowhunters are not a thing. Of course everyone finds their perfect match in this series but in the first three books all the relationships are very confusing.
#2 Juliette, Warner and Adam from Shatter Me
This is one of my favourite love triangles because there is real cause for it to exist. Juliette is locked up in a mental institution and gets recued by Adam. Of course she will fall in love with Adam, she had no human contact in many years and she is a teenager. The two of them also knew each other from childhood. But Juliette is damaged and can’t think straight. When she meets Warner he shows her what love can be. I know it sounds corny but I loved Juliette’s and Warner’s love story because it was not instalove. And Adam can suck it.
#1 Tessa, Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices
For me this is the ultimate love triangle. It was such an emotional journey with Tessa, Will and Jem. There was so much drama but how Cassandra Clare ended their story was beautiful and surprising. Everyone gets their happy ending and I could still cry when I think about the last chapters of Clockwork Princess. If you are searching for an epic love story set in an urban fantasy world this is your book.
Angels have descended to the earth and the apocalypse is here. Street gangs rule the day while fear rules the night. Fear from creatures like Angels. Penryn has one goal only, to stay alive and to help her family survive. She must be the strong one because her mother is mentally ill and her sister is in a wheel chair. Not the best of conditions to stay their ground in the angel apocalypse. Of course something happens to Penryns sister. She gets taken by Angels and now Penryn has to save her. She does this with the help of a fallen Angel who got his wings cut off by other Angels. She saves his life and pressures him into helping her find her sister.
So this premise of Angelfall by Susan Ee seems not really my thing. I mean come on an angel book? And another girl fighting for her life and the life of her sister? Not really a new thing. But the book got amazing reviews on Goodreads so I checked it out. It also helps that it is under 300 pages long. Turns out that’s a bad thing because this book could have used some extra pages. For me Angelfall was awful. I could not get into it and had a hard time finishing this tiny book. There was no world building besides the fact that Angels are killing humans on earth. That was it. All the world building is in the synopsis. Penryn is travelling with an Angel nearly the whole book and she is asking questions like: What are you guys doing here? What do you want on earth? And so on. But she gets nothing. No answers NOTHING. Well maybe all the answers will be revealed n the end, I tell myself. But that’s not the chase. There are no answers in this book, no closure and hardly any plot at all. Everything you need to know is in this synopsis. There is no character development there is just action scene after action scene that has nothing to do with this so called plot.
When I thought the book can’t get worse there it is, the forbidden love, because humans and angels do not mix. Penryn and her angel Rafe have no chemistry what so ever. They start out hating each other but suddenly they are in love? Seriously, I can’t take this. So please tell me why everybody loves this book so much? Is it because the plot is so predictable and stupid that it is easy to read? Or is it because there is only action and you do not have to get involved with the characters and the plot? I just don’t get it and I heard that there are also no explanations in the second book. Maybe I just read too many dystopian books and am now too picky but this did nothing for me. Maybe I just don’t like angel books. I hardly got through. So no, I will not continue this series.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is a cute contemporary romance novel. It takes place in a small town on the east coast and is about the relationship between Caymen and Xander. Caymen works at the porcelain doll store of her mother and wants to get out of this town as fast as possible. The store life’s from rich people who buy dolls but lately the finances do not look good. Caymen and her mother have a hard time getting by. So Caymen has a lot of reasons to resent the rich customers that frequent her store. When Xander comes in it is clear that he has money. Actually his family has money. And to top this he looks amazingly good. But Caymen has one rule: Never get involved with a rich guy.
Of course Caymen and Xander can’t stand away from each other and they become friends. Or are even more than friends? Caymen finally begins to see that money is not always a way to make your life easy. Xander has problems, just like she does and she slowly gets to know his world. There is also Caymen’s mom who seems to have a lot of secrets and hides things from Caymen. And what will the two of them do when the store can’t make any money more? So this is what The Distance Between us is all about. When I read this book I wanted a fast and cute contemporary and this is what I got. But I was not amazed by this book. It was okay but unfortunately forgettable. Caymen is highly annoying in her prejudices against all people with money and has no idea that maybe Xander’s world is not as perfect as she thinks. I did no really feel the love between Caymen and Xander and also there were the typical misunderstandings you find in so many romance books. I’m over the obligatory lack of communication between characters. Don’t get mad with the guy and run away. Why do people always run away in books and movies? It’s so stupid, I hate it. So this is kind of the climax of this book, the running away, not talking with each other and thinking everything is over. This is so exhausting, authors, please stop it!
But after all, this book was cute and kind of fun. I read it in one day so it’s a really fast read. I like the small town setting but did not like the rich/poor issues. Also I have to admit that I thought this book is about a long distance relationship but that was not the case so I was a little bit disappointed. But that’s totally on me not reading the synopsis. So if you search for a quick and easy read with not much depth and good looking character you may find what you are looking for.
Mara only knows her name. She wakes up in very strange place full of yellow mist. She has no idea what happened to her. Then she meets the messenger who is dressed completely in black with silver skulls as buttons on his coat. Now the games begin. The messenger sees the darkness in the world and inside humans. He is her to make sure justice is served. If injustice is going unpunished it is the messengers job to offer the wicked a game. Win and they can go free, loose and they will face their greatest fear.
This was my seventh book by Michael Grant. I love his writing style and he definitely knows how to tell a story. But I have to say, his books are extremely violent and this one is especially gruesome. If you do not like gore you should keep your hands off of this book. Michael Grant’s writing is so vivid and realistic that I felt like I was there right with Mara and Messenger. This makes the violent scenes even more intensive. But I love Michael Grant I totally got what he wanted to tell his readers with this story. I do not want to spoil anything so I will not say much. There is a major twist at the end of the book which I kind of saw coming but it was shocking all the same.
Messenger of Fear was such a fast read. I could not put this book down. The story is unbelievable interesting and the tension is there right from the beginning. Even if it is a very short book, I think it will stay a long time in my memory. I loved the philosophical themes in this book and I highly recommend it to fans of Horror and Thriller genres. Also it is beautiful and I love the cover. Make sure that you get this UK edition.
I love to read book series because you have more time to get to know the characters and the story can really develop. I do also love stand alones but series have a special place in my heat. Here are some of the book series, I’ve read so far:
The Selection by Keira Cass
This dystopian book series seemed more like the reality TV show The Bachelor, than a thrilling YA story. It was not my cup of tea. I hated nearly all characters and was more than annoyed with the plot. Especially the second book was just stupid. So if you aren’t sure about this one, don’t give it a go, it is not worth it.
Divergent by Veronica Ross
Most of you will know about Divergent because it was made into a major movie in 2015. Now it’s a whole franchise. I never really know how I should feel about Divergent as a series. I really liked the first book, but it was also one of the first YA novels I’ve read, so there was not much competition. The last book was awful by comparison and the plot was not wrapped up nicely. So it is hard for me to say if I like this series or not.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
We all love Katniss Everdeen, the girl who is on fire. I can’t wait to see the last instalment of the movies because I think these are great adaptations. As for the books, I loved them. After reading Mockingjay twice, I loved even this one. If you want to start reading dystopian fiction, start here. It’s a great way to begin this genre.
Gone by Michael Grant
These books are very violent and gruesome. You need a strong stomach to get through them but nevertheless, I loved all six of them. The story was so captivating and well thought out. For me these books are like one enormous book, I can’t even say where one book ends and the other and I think this is really rare and totally a good thing.
The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
This series has a really interesting concept. Even if there are some younger children involved I think the books got philosophical and had deep meaning under its surface. If you are searching for a rather unconventional read without love triangles and rebellions against a regime, you have found your book series. I highly recommend these books because they were a great read and really stuck with me.
The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I know there is not a lot of love for the caster chronicles but I still love them. I think Ethan and Lean are an amazing couple, even with all that is happening in the second book. And if you know me, you are aware that I love the south of the US so this series had me at once. But I also loved the plot with all its magic and different creatures in this small town.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I think we all know Edward and Bella and their story. I like the Twilight books because they introduced me to YA and I love the movies. I know they are cheesy and highly religious but I still like them. They are just a light and fast read and Bella and Edward are kind of cute together. But I have to say the writing style is not very impressive.
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
The Millennium books were one of the few thrillers I liked. They are very long and way too detailed but I loved the story with all its twist and turns. If you do not fear big books and you like complicated thrillers, you should definitely give this series a try.
All the Bright Places is a new Young Adult book that was released in January 2015 by Jennifer Niven. It is about two teenagers that meet under unusual circumstances. Violet and Finch meet, standing at the edge of the school bell tower. Both are thinking about jumping. At this exact moment they embark on a journey together, a journey through loss and hardship. Violet’s sister died in tragic car accident. Finch has a troubling home life and is suffering from mental illness.
This book was such a surprise hit for me. It got praised a lot so I was a little bit worried because most times I don’t like hyped books as much as others would. But this book was amazing. The writing was poetic and beautiful. I read some passages over and over again because I loved the writing style so much. I’m also not a fan of dual perspectives but here it worked perfectly. The voices of Violet and Finch were so different and you could immediately tell whose chapter it was. For this story it helped a lot to have two perspectives because it is not just Violets journey and it is not only Finch journey. They evolve in different paces in and I loved it. It was an amazing reading experience and as you can tell I’m really in love with this one. What a perfect contemporary stand alone.
This book is about so much more than just a story of teenagers. If you ever felt lost in this world and could not see through all the grey clouds on the horizon, this book will remind you that you can find bright places in every dark time in your life. Bright Places crept up to me and caught me totally off guard. I heard amazing things about this book but at the end of it I was so surprised about what I just read. I rarely cried so much when reading a book than with this one. Similar to Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars I was in tears and had to put the book down several times because I got so emotional towards the end of it. But I think people should judge the book on its own. It is not Eleanor & Park and it is not The Fault in Our Stars. It is something completely unique and beautiful. Bright Places will make my list of Top Ten Books of 2015 and the year is only just beginning. So this is saying something. I would recommend it to everyone who loves YA or thinks YA is stupid. Read this one and maybe you see that there deeper things hidden in young adult shelves than you thought.