Trinity – Tödliche Liebe | ɢ

As I already mentioned on my new page for all my reviews, the ones marked with a ɢ are written in German. So now that you know, have a nice day for now (if you’re not going to stay)! I’m still going to publish reviews in English on here, but I thought that it would be nice to try and write some in my mother tongue as well.

Goodreads | Audrey Carlan | 304 pages | Romance, Erotica, Suspense | Published February 2017

★★★★★

Im Gegenzug für eine ehrliche und faire Review erhielt ich dieses Buch als E-Book auf NetGalley.

An und für sich ging ich davon aus, dass es sich bei diesem Buch nicht um das 3. in einer Serie handelte. Das kam wohl in der Beschreibung nicht wirklich rüber, tja. Klarerweise macht es da Sinn, auch die ersten zwei Bücher dieser Serie zu lesen. Und ich muss sagen, ich bereue nichts! Für dieses Buch auserwählt zu werden war wohl eine glückliche Fügung des Schicksals. Ich hätte wohl nicht gedacht, Trinity so sehr zu mögen.

Spannend, aufregend und dunkel ist der 3. Teil der Trinity-Serie. Im Gegensatz zu den beiden vorhergehenden Büchern ist die Atmosphäre viel gedrückter und angespannter. Mit der Sorgenlosigkeit der Charaktere ist es vorbei. Aber genau das hat es im Endeffekt nicht langweilig wirken lassen.

Da diese Serie in einigen Kreisen wohl von einigen als das neue 50 Shades Of gehandelt wird, habe ich mir Mühe geben, problematische Inhalte zu erkennen. An und für sich wird schnell klar, dass Chase ein Problem damit hat, Kontrolle abzugeben. Er kontrolliert Gillian und ihr Verhalten ständig. Darauf wird er aber von ihr, ihrem Therapeuten und ihren Freundinnen aufmerksam gemacht. Gillian lässt sich das nicht so leicht gefallen. Auf der einen Seite kommt es dann so rüber, dass er im Endeffekt doch alles mit ihr machen kann, was er will, nur weil er reich und gutaussehend ist. Andererseits könnte man wohl streiten, dass sie es einfach doch immer will, weil sie ihn unsterblich liebt. Unabhängig davon wurde die sexuelle Orientierung eines Charakters abhängig von seinem Kleidungsstil und seinem Auftreten angenommen. Nicht cool.

Achtung Spoiler! Das Folgende ist weiß gefärbt, sodass es markiert werden muss, um gelesen werden zu können. Von allen Dingen war es am Ende das Schicksal von Kathleen Bennett, das mich ganz ehrlich zum Weinen gebracht hat. Was ihr zugestoßen ist und wie es ihr sowohl emotional als auch körperlich zu schaffen macht, war einfach zu viel. Zum Glück gibt es aber einen 5. Teil dieser Serie, der sich anscheinend ganz auf Kathleen konzentriert! Ich bin wirklich froh. Und dann hat dieses Buch auch noch 450 Seiten! Was könnte ich mehr wollen? 

Die ersten paar Seiten des Epilogs waren meiner Meinung nach sehr unpassend. Es wird direkt vom tragischen Ende aller Ereignisse zu einer absolut nicht jugendfreien Sexszene geschnitten. Nach dem ganzen Tumult der stattfand, schien es einfach nicht richtig.

Trinity hat mich auf eine sehr positive Art und Weise überrascht. Ich war angetan von der brisanten (sexuellen) Spannung zwischen Chase und Gillian, der besonderen Beziehung zwischen Gillian und ihren Seelenschwestern, aber auch der exzelleten Mischung aus Romance und Suspense, den dunklen Elementen gemischt mit unendlicher Leidenschaft. Von mir ergibt das 5 von 5 Sternen. Deswegen freue ich mich schon sehr auf Calendar Girl und die weiteren, ergänzenden Bücher der Trinity-Serie.

Anmerkung: Wie bereits von Audrey Carlan angemerkt, ist dieses Buch als 18+ gekennzeichnet. Es behandelt Themen wie häusliche Gewalt und Misshandlung. Außerdem kommen explizite Sexszenen vor, sowie eine ordinäre Sprache.

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

Powerful, heartbreaking and yet hopeful.

Goodreads | 176 pages | Fiction, Contemporary

I received this eArc on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The main focus of the book lies on the dynamics of the family. Although the reader does not get to know the names of the main character, the father, the mother or the brother, they are portrayed by their feelings and certain characteristics. At first One of the Boys is misleading the reader, having them search for the evil that destroyed the family, finding it in different places until the true evil reveals itself.

In contrast to their parents, the main character, but also the brother to some extent, changed over the course of the book. Except for the abuse and violence, this is a part that can be elaborated on well. In a way I feel like it is important to highlight their strength and growth that made them endure their situation.

While the parents seem to have been the same all along while only hiding their true motivations, a change in the personality of the boys is clearly visible. While the MC can be observed as truly loyal, naive and immature at the beginning of the book, these character traits have changed in a whole other direction. He adopted some behavior from the father, leaving the father in the dark about the loyalty and plans of the boys. In the end it feels as if the boys is broken, corrupted by everything they had to endure, by carrying the weight of responsibility for themselves and their father at a way too early time.

Even at its short length, this novel manages to create a strong, loyal bond between the reader and the boys. Their struggle creates feelings of discontent and empathy for them. Due to all of these circumstances, this book very deservedly receives 4 out of 5 stars by me.


Have you read One of the Boys? What did you think of it? Be sure to let me know.

Week of No Clutter + Rafflecopter Giveaway!

You might have read my review of Year of No Clutter from a few days ago! In celebration of its publication yet another post will be published by me. As you were able to tell by my overall positive review, I was inspired after reading it. Decluttering and thoughtful consumerism is something that grew dear to my heart within the last year. I myself tried to be more conscious and to downsize.

As I already stated in my review, I was approved for an eARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review by Sourcebooks, who were also so kind to send out more information and material for this great book which made this post possible.

Week of No Clutter

It is not that easy, I know. But don’t sweat it! From March 7-14, you can sign-up to get a newsletter each day with tips, advice and videos from Eve Schaub herself in order to be able to conquer your clutter! You can sign up here. I would love to see lots of you get involved!

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Year of No Clutter: A Memoir by Eve Schaub

A pleasant memoir about family, well-being, materialism as well as minimalism and of course everyone’s enemy – clutter! Loved it!

In exchange for an honest review I received this eARC from the publisher on NetGalley. Thank you very much!

I’ve been interested in decluttering and a clutter free lifestyle for quite a while now. Therefore this book immediately caught my attention and I was excited when I was approved for this title. Now let us get into it! Warning: Mild spoilers ahead, as well as mental health stuff. 

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The chapter about the hell room is extremely interesting and her writing is easy and quick to read. It was a nice way to get into the whole subject matter. Throughout reading it, personal stories and problems Eve had to face made it richer in variety.

Taken from the blurb on Goodreads:

Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring–and frequently hilarious — examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.

I absolutely have to agree with this statement. To be completely honest, at first I wasn’t aware of how serious and well-conceived this book was until I was around one third into it. I was absolutely sure that it would be just like other articles and posts on the internet about this topic, just in a longer version. But I was wrong, this book made me feel something and I could relate to it so much, I felt what Eve must have been feeling in some way or another. And because I was able to relate so much, I wanna share another passage from Year Of No Clutter.

I was afraid. Desperately. Afraid of side effects! Afraid it would make me sick! I pictured my hair falling out in clumps. […] I pictured myself violently ill, and these images circled my non-draining brain endlessly until the only way I could get any respite was to shelve the issue once more in the back storage closet of my mind. Phew.

(Somehow, this is exactly how I felt, although I was not diagnosed with OCD, but something else, and also:)

Today, I am a different person. I take an infinitesimal daily dose of what’s called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (translation: Roto-Rooter for my brain). My husband will be the first one to point out the differences between Even and eversoslightlymedicated Eve.

The book deals with the subject matter of mental health and especially OCD pretty well, in my opinion. Of course I cannot speak for people with this kind of problem, but it is sensitive enough with not any obvious insensitivities and not totally ignorant.

Eve is such a lovely and likable narrator. This memoir and her story are quite unique in my opinion. Her writing and use of language was – at least for me with English not being my native language – sophisticated and exiting, with many words I had never heard before. It somewhat showed some quirkiness of her character I think. Which I mean in the most positive way!

Conclusion

I wasn’t expecting all too much, since I hardly ever read memoirs, but let me tell you I was stunned! Eve has such an empathetic way of telling her stories, I was able to connect and feel like I was a part of that story. It’s definitely a fast read, with some helpful advice along the way. Therefore Year Of No Clutter will receive 4 out of 5 stars.

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

An interesting book I was eager to read once I saw the lovely cover. Sometimes exhausting to read, a little disappointing in the end, but overall it had some good thrills.

To be honest I wanna say right away, most of the characters and their choices were quite annoying to me. It seemed so obvious to make the right choices, but the characters were so busy with themselves and their desires that it was hard for them to react to the situations. That made it exhausting to read, because the reader knew what was going to happen, at least to some extent.

Although Claire as one of the main characters went through an extreme development character-wise, it didn’t change much at all, but it did make her character be the hero in this book (for around 40 pages, until she was being annoying again). In a way I would say that the character’s personalities were created very well by the author in order to fit the narrative.

Overall, I enjoyed the little indecencies, the mystery and the thrill (or what was there of it). However, I would have loved a clearer ending, a bigger punishment, a better solution. Except for that, it is a solid 3 out of 5 stars and I am actually interested in other works by this author.

Bad Little Girl | Psychological Thriller | 325 pages | Published February 2017 | Goodreads