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Schattenmond by Nora Roberts

Monday, September 24, 2018
This cover is from the German edition of Year One. The novel is no typical Nora Roberts novel. It is more in the style of a dystopian story and unlike any other book, I´ve read so far from her. 

Schattenmond*
Author Nora Roberts
Chronicles of The One #1
Translation Heinz Tophinke
Original Title Year One
Publisher Heyne on August 13, 2018
Genre Dystopia
Pages 526
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher
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It began on New Year´s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered, law and government collapsed – and more than half of the world´s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river – or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west, too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism, that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain. The end has come. The beginning comes next. (blurb from the US edition hardcover Year One).

Thoughts

It reminded me very much of her Sign of Seven trilogy, with all the magic going on, except that I was missing the Irish touch, that trilogy had.

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
This might not have been one of her best books, but a solid read anyway. And I enjoyed it while reading. Nora Roberts simply knows how to combine romance with a tense topic without losing the level in her style.

Shelter in Place 
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher St. Martin´s Press on May 29, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 438
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

It was a typical summer evening at the mall in Rockpoint, not far from Portland. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses at a kiosk. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to his customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a Ladies´ room, helplessly clutching her cell phone – until she finally found a way to pour the emotions of that night into her art. Some people would devour the details of the tragedy obsessively, while others avoided anything that might trigger flashbacks. Some would strive to exploit the event for fame or profit. But for one person, the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall wasn´t high enough, the incalculable sorrow inflicted not enough to satisfy. And as the survivors´ lives play out and intertwine in surprising ways, as they heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator has been lying in wait ever since that terrible night – and this time there might be nowhere safe to hide.

Thoughts

At first, I was wondering, what the cover motive might have to do with the novel itself, and the blurb wasn´t giving me any hint. 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Friday, September 14, 2018
The cover caught my eyes first. In combination with the summary and the short excerpt I could read, it sounded very promising. And when I got the news, that I was among those lucky few who could read the German edition upfront before the books actual publishing day, I was happy.

Luckiest Girl Alive
Author Jessica Knoll
Translation Kristiana Dorn-Ruhl
Publisher LYX on August 31, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 411
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she´s this close to living the perfect life she´s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There´s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.  

Thoughts

But not every bestseller from the New York Times bestseller list is made for me. Unfortunately, it turned out, that Luckiest Girl Alive couldn´t make me happy. 
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