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The Archived (The Archived #1)

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The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab
Blurb:
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet,…

Die Buchspringer

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Die Buchspringer von Mechthild Gläser
Zusammenfassung:
Während des Sommerurlaubs auf einer vergessenen Shetlandinsel erfährt Amy, dass sie als Mitglied der Familie Lennox of Stormsay über die Fähigkeit verfügt, in Bücher zu reisen und dort Einfluss auf die Geschichten zu nehmen. Bald merkt Amy, dass die Buchwelt nicht so friedlich ist, wie sie zunächst scheint. Erst verschwindet Geld aus den Schatzkammern von Ali Baba, dann verletzt sich Elizabeth Bennet auf dem Weg zum Ball mit Mr Darcy, sodass eine der bekanntesten Liebesgeschichten der Weltliteratur im Keim erstickt wird. Für Amy ist klar: Sie muss den Störenfried stellen! Doch erst, als sich die Zwischenfälle auch auf die Realität auswirken und schließlich sogar ein Todesopfer fordern, wird Amy klar, wie ernst die Bedrohung ist. Worauf hat es der geheimnisvolle Attentäter wirklich abgesehen?
Rezension:
Er gehörte hierher. Die Literatur brauchte ihn.
Leider fand ich dieses Buch eher enttäuschend. Ich glaube, es hätte mir um einiges bess…

Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #2)

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Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #2) by A & E Kirk
Blurb:
Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she's discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back–the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth.

Review:
"She's gone from a love triangle to a kinky sex pentagon."
This was such a delight to read! Honestly, it's able to bright up even the worst of days because you just can't help laughing/giggling constantly. It's a lot of Stupid Fun – yes, with capital letters. If you're able to just shut off your head and laugh at hormonal-super-talented-demon-slaying teenagers engaging in weird kinky sex p…

Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Blurb:
With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly won't be easy if they're fighting it every step of the way. But theirs is a love that was meant to be, despite all the odds against them.
Review:
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
You can hardly imagine how utterly pleased I am. The history of Pride and Prejudice and me goes a few years back and is, ironically, very much like the book itself: The first time I tried reading it I absolutely hated it and was determined not to change my opinion of it (prejudice) – I gave up after roughly 200 pages. Afterwards, I tried three more times (this is the third, or rather the fourth, time I’ve ventured into it but the only time I was actually able to finish) and have become increasingly more intent on finishing it with the same satisfaction many other readers have gained fro…

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Blurb:
At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter…
Review:
I remember vividly the feeling of her skin, cool and smooth, on mine. We had never before remained in contact for such a prolonged period; the sensation that her body was so strong and yet belonged to someone so wounded lingered with me until long afterwards. Indeed, weeks later, in my hotel room in Manila, I would at times wake up to that sensation as though touched by a ghost.
What and interesting little book. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect from it and was pretty surprised by the ending, which manages to twist the ending of a heartfelt story (quick warning: this might be rather spoiler-ish? I'm not sure because it is hinted at in the blurbs on the book's back, which I haven't read until just now, but I'd rather not …

Der Blumenkrieg

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Der Blumenkrieg von Tad Williams
Zusammenfassung:
Eines Nachts verändert sich alles im Leben des notorischen Pechvogels Theo: Eine winzige Elfe erscheint ihm und nimmt ihn mit in ein märchenhaftes Reich. Ein Reich, dessen Schicksal eng mit der Welt der Menschen verbunden ist. Ein Reich, in dem Theo das grösste Abenteuer aller Zeiten erlebt…
Rezension:
In diesem letzten Winter, nachdem das Ergebnis des Schwangerschaftstests gekommen war, hatte Theo manchmal phantasiert, dass ein kleines Mädchen auf seinem Schoss sass – Cat war sich von Anfang an sicher gewesen, dass es ein Mädchen werden würde, schon vor der Ultraschalluntersuchung –, den Kopf an seine Brust gelehnt, während sie gemeinsam das Buch durchblätterten. In seinen Tagräumen hatte er nie eine deutliche Vorstellung von ihr gehabt, hatte sich nur einen Kopf mit weichen Locken und einen warmen kleinen Körper gedacht, der sich an ihn schmiegte. Niemand. Sie hatte ausgesehen wie Niemand. Und das war dann auch aus ihr geworden.
Ich habe …

The Vegetarian

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Blurb:
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - imposs…

Dark Matter

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Blurb:
"Are you happy with your life?"
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. 
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

Review:
What if I have lost my mind, what then?
What if everything I know is wrong?
Dark Matteris a surprisingly quick read. The writing is simple but beautiful, passages are sometimes drawn out over a long time (because Crouch tends to put each new sentence on a new line) and it's a generally interesting story, albeit a sometimes rather superficial feeling one.
I am not allowed to think I'm crazy.
I am only allowed to solve this problem.
I went into this book not knowing anything about it – well, actually, the German title spoiled me a little bit but I didn't know in what way it was connected to the story – and while I'…

The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Blurb:
Love isn't exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?

Review:
"I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination," I explained. "I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time."
"But then it won't matter," said Frances. "I'll have been eliminated."
"Only as a potential partner. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion."
"But I'll have been eliminated."
I nodded. "Do you smoke?"
"Occasionally," she said.
I put the ques…

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Blurb:
As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
Review:
I had the feeling again like I'd come up on a wild animal. Only instead of a fawn, she was like a fox kit I saw once, hit by the side of the road. On its feet, but dying.
This book is a handful. Just as the title suggests it's both wonderful and ugly and it's definitely the kind of book you either really en…

A June Throwback

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Welcome to my monthly throwback, also known as my opportunity to look at all of the books I've read/listened to in the previous month.
Books
I read 14 books in June, which isn't as much as I hoped I would read but near the end of the month I got super busy (we were kinda but not really moving and I've been teaching more than usually) but it's still a nice number of books. 
14 books makes for about 5309 pages or 177 pages a day. (In July I'd like to average at about 200 pages a day but I'll have to hurry a little bit because it's taken ages to read All the Light We Cannot See.) Those books are:
Mein Herz und andere schwarze Löcher or My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine WargaMy Lady Jane (the Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi MeadowsThe Goldan Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip PullmanThe Edge of Everything by Jeff GilesCrooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh BardugoDiscord's Apple by Carrie VaughnWo das Dunkel schläft or…

All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Blurb:
Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.
Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.
At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Review:
What is blindness? Where there should be a wall, her hands find nothing. Where there should be nothing, a table leg gouges her shin. Cars growl in the streets; leaves whisper in the sky; blood rustles through her inner ears. In the stairwell, in the kitchen, eve…

Mein Herz und andere schwarze Löcher

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Mein Herz und andere schwarze Löcher von Jasmine Warga
Zusammenfassung:
Wenn dein Herz sich anfühlt wie ein gähnendes schwarzes Loch, das alles verschlingt, welchen Sinn macht es dann noch, jeden Morgen aufzustehen? Aysel will nicht mehr leben – sie wartet nur noch auf den richtigen Zeitpunkt, sich für immer zu verabschieden. Als sie im Internet Roman kennenlernt, scheint er der perfekte Komplize für ihr Vorhaben zu sein. Und während die beiden ihren gemeinsamen Tod planen, spürt Aysel, wie sehr sich auf die Treffen mit Roman freut, wie hell und leicht ihr Herz sein kann. Und plötzlich ist der Gedanke, das alles könnte ein Ende haben, vollkommen unerträglich ... Aysel beginnt zu kämpfen. Um ihr Leben. Um sein Leben. Und um ihre gemeinsame Liebe.
Rezension:

Die Sonne spiegelt sich in dem polierten Holzfussboden, und ich frage mich, wo meine Mitschüler mit ihrem ganzen Hass, mir ihrer Wut und ihrer Angst hingegen werden, wenn sie mich nicht mehr haben.Ich kann es kaum erwarten, bis sie mich…

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

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Or, alternatively, because it's a perfect opportunity to … well, you'll see:


My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Blurb:
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. 
Review:
Then he reached down and felt for the dagger at his hip.
Public poetry readings were known to be a rough business, especially when presenting new material. A man could lose a lot more than just his pride.

This book was such a delight! I did expect to enjoy this story but it put my expectations to shame – I couldn't help falling in love with everything My Lady Jane has to offer: The humor, the characters, the whole E∂ians-thing, and basically the entirety of the plot (except maybe for the ending a little bit but I'll come to that later).

G took another gulp,…