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Review | ‘Hunting Prince Dracula’ by Kerri Maniscalco

“A body had been found staked through the heart near Braşov – the very village we were traveling to – leading the superstitious to believe in the impossible: Vlad Dracula, the centuries-dead prince of Romania, was alive. And hunting.” Kerri Maniscalco | Hunting Prince Dracula | p. 4 This is the 2nd book of the… Continue reading Review | ‘Hunting Prince Dracula’ by Kerri Maniscalco

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Review | ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

“Monsters were supposed to be scary and ugly. They weren’t supposed to hide behind friendly smiles and well-trimmed hair. Goodness, twisted as it might be, was not meant to be locked away in an icy heart and anxious exterior.” Kerri Maniscalco | Stalking Jack the Ripper | p. 306   On this cold and uninviting… Continue reading Review | ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

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Review | ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.” Naomi Novik | Uprooted Over the last couple of months I have been in the perfect mood for fairy tales, I couldn’t possibly get enough of them. So this book fell into my hands… Continue reading Review | ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

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6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review

“You must know Gatsby.” “Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?” – p. 21 When I first read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I read the German translation and fell madly in love with it. Then I watched the latest movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and was completely blown away by how fantastic… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review

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Review | ‘The Running Man’ by Richard Bachman (1982)

“You symbolize all the fears of this dark and broken time. It wasn’t all show and audience-packing out there, Richards. They hate your guts. Could you feel it?” – 'The Running Man', p. 56 Since my last reading year only included two books by Stephen King (picture my surprised and flabbergasted face when I realized… Continue reading Review | ‘The Running Man’ by Richard Bachman (1982)

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Review | ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers (2013)

We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day? You people are creating a world of ever-present daylight, and I think it will burn us all… Continue reading Review | ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers (2013)

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Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

“But you have to be courageous, my friend, and unafraid of pain. For only through pain will the beauty of the world be revealed.” Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever, p. 42 Cornelis Sandvoort, a merchant in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, has married the young and beautiful Sophia. Since the youth of his wife is thrilling and he… Continue reading Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

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Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

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Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

“Alexander, tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” asked the dying Dasha. “Tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” “How long – have you – loved my sister?” Alexander should have replied, Dasha, if you had seen me standing mute, hearing the day fly, the May fly, an ephemera on a… Continue reading Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

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Review | ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.  (p. 357) ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is a series consisting of three books, and this one is the first one in line. The story is set during World War… Continue reading Review | ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)