Review: They Called Me Wyatt – Natasha Tynes (ARC)

[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

Review: They Called Me Wyatt by Natasha Tynes (ARC)
Language: English
Publisher: California Coldblood Book | Rare Bird Books
Pages: 280
Release date: June 11th 2019.

My overall rating for this book: 4/5

Synopsis:
When Jordanian student Siwar Salaiha is murdered on her birthday in College Park, Maryland, her consciousness survives, finding refuge in the body of a Seattle baby boy. Stuck in this speech delayed three-year old body, Siwar tries but fails to communicate with Wyatt’s parents, instead she focuses on solving the mystery behind her murder. Eventually, her consciousness goes into a dormant state after Wyatt undergoes a major medical procedure.
Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a well-adjusted young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. His investigation forces him to open a door he has kept shut all his life, a spiritual connection to an unknown entity that he frequently refused to acknowledge. His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?
Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a well-adjusted young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. His investigation forces him to open a door he has kept shut all his life, a spiritual connection to an unknown entity that he frequently refused to acknowledge. His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I was intrigued by the plot of this book, and oh boy did it exceed my expectations! The storytelling of this particular story was very unique and it felt like a breath of fresh air. The portrayal of Siwar and Wyatt was just beautiful. And the frustration of Siwar basically vibrated through the text.

It was also a first for me to read a book that was partly set in the Middle East. In my opinion it was a great balance between writing about the U.S and Jordan. It felt like both places got the focus they needed to tell the story in a correct way.
The story has it all, the classic “Who did it?!”, love and betrayal, the highs and lows of family life. And Natasha’s writing was just spectacular. And the twists and turns of the story had me on the edge of my seat the entire read. I really recommend that you all pick this book up in the future!

The release date for the book is  June 11th, 2019.


Review: Kill Tut – Max Wannow

[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

Review: Kill Tut by Max Wannow
Language: English
Publisher: –
Pages: 243
My overall rating for this book: 25


The story and triggers warnings
Trigger warnings for war, violence and sex.

New York, New York: 2041. The American-Egyptian War continues as more Egyptian battalions invade the USA. With the purpose of bringing the war to an end, Operation Golden Ankh is a top-secret Delta Force mission that consists of sending a team of three back in time. Captain Jackson Martindale, Staff Sergeant Laiklyn Ladore, and CIA Officer Dana Villa have seven days to complete the mission in the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. To successfully complete the mission, the three must coerce King Tutankhamun to travel with them to the future. Forcibly kidnapping the pharaoh would lead to a domino-like disruption in the architecture of time. The three are quick to discover the past deviates from what history books provide. The ancient people of Thebes, Egypt resort to panic when their city is invaded by Neanderthal warriors; but when humanoid aliens with skin made of a malleable gold arrive, the Ancient Egyptians welcome them with open arms.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
This is by far the weirdest book I’ve ever read. And if that’s your cup of tea, you should check it out. But for me, it was just too weird.  The story and plot were of course very unique and it was an interesting read.  I actually enjoyed the plot, even if it was just a smidge to weird for me.
Reading about ancient Egyptians, Neanderthals and aliens at the same time was really fun, and a wisp of fresh air in compression of what I usually read.

The story and writing have some issues though, it felt a bit weird that the Egyptians could speak in slang, and it felt like the story had a bit too many unexplained plot holes for my taste. I have a feeling that if the book had been 100-200 pages longer, the story could’ve been improved more.

You can buy the book here.
[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

Swedish review: Män med makt

[Denna bok gavs till mig som ett recensionsexemplar av författaren, i utbyte mot en ärlig recension]

Recension: Män med Makt – Oskar Rådehed (Pagonareaffären #1)
Språk: Svenska
Förlag: Seagull & Sheep
Antal sidor: 444
Betyg: 3/5

Kort om historien och eventuella trigger warnings:
Trigger warnings: mord och stundtals groteska beskrivningar.
En gravid kvinna dör av i en bilolycka. 10 år senare blir Frans Lougrip, en av Stockholms vassaste fastighetslobbyister, indragen i en avancerad hämndaktion. Medan världen rasar samman, träffar han Elina Norr, en smart och driven PR-konsult. Tillsammans försöker de reda ut vad som ligger bakom händelseförloppet och vem som försöker sätta dit Frans Lougrip för mord.


Vad jag tyckte om/inte tyckte om:
Det känns skönt att Frans Lougrip benämns som en slempropp redan på sida 78 i boken, för någon älskvärd karaktär det är han inte. Varje gång han tittar på sin Rolex eller hans dyra ägodelar beskrivs måste jag nästan rysa lite. Men det är klart, med en titel som Män med Makt är det väl inte helt otippat med en sådan karaktär som huvudperson.

Nu är inte deckare en genre jag läser speciellt ofta, men det ska sägas att jag blev positivt överraskad av denna bok. Inte enbart över det faktum att det var än deckare, utan även att det var debutroman. Jag gillade framförallt att denna bok, om än bara första delen i en trilogi, utspelar sig primärt under 48 timmar. Berättelsen skrivs ur flera perspektiv och historien är fartfylld, både vad gällande handling och bilar som körs av män med blyfot.
I och med det korta tidsspannet som just denna del avhandlar kan jag känna att det kanske inte fanns utrymme att utveckla karaktärerna samt att ge läsaren bakgrund för att första vissa handlingar och beteenden. I vissa fall kändes handlingen lite rörig och det var stundtals svårt att hålla koll på den röda tråden. Eftersom det är en deckare vill jag inte gå närmare in på handlingen än baksidestexten som ni kan läsa ovan. Men om ni gillar något fartfyllt som håller er på tårna skulle jag rekommendera denna. Jag läste trots allt ut den på 48 timmar!

Första och andra delen i Pagonareaffären finns att köpa här.

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Language: Swedish
Publisher: Louise Bäckelin Förlag
Pages: 431

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

The story and triggers warnings
Trigger warning for sexual abuse, domestic abuse and alcoholism.

In this story we follow the journalist Monique Grant, she’s going through a rough patch right now. And out of nowhere, the superstar Evelyn Hugo wants Monique to interview her. Evelyn wants her to write her memoir. We follow the story told by Evelyn through Monique’s eyes. And as Evelyn’s glamorous life unfold, one is left to wonder why she chose Monique to tell the story.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I fell in love with this story, almost as soon as it started. The portrayal of both Evelyn Hugo and Monique Grant are exquisite. And the story is so immersive, I read this during my flight to and from Prague, and at times I literally forgot I was on a airplane.
I loved this book, it was both beautiful and ugly at the same time. And, it made me cry at the airport and on the plane and I didn’t care. I was just wonderful. I finished the book exactly one week ago, and I cannot stop thinking about Hugo, whether I love her or hate her. I love books that make me feel both happy and sad, the sadder the better. And a feeling that I should consume everything written by T. Jenkins Reid (and since I read the book translated to Swedish, I can probably revisit the story in it’s original language soon…).

Too bad I’ve already published a post about my favorite reads 2018, because this was the TOP ONE no doubt.

Swedish review: Låt oss hoppas på det bästa

Recension: Låt oss hoppas på det bästa av Carolina Setterwall
Språk: Svenska
Förlag: Albert Bonniers förlag
Antal sidor: 351

Betyg: 3/5

Kort om historien och eventuella trigger warnings:
Trigger warning: död avnära anhörig.
Detta är en självbiografisk bok, där vi får följa Carolinas liv efter att hennes sambo plötsligt dött. Hon hittar honom i deras säng, och efter sig har han lämnat deras lille son som Carolina nu måste ta hand om själv. Samtidigt som hon behöver hantera sorgen över att ha förlorat sin partner och reda i allt det logistiska i livet.
Historien berättas i två olika etapper, vartannat kapitel följer vi Carolina just efter denna hjärtskärande händelse, och vartannat kapitel följer vi historien om hur hon och hennes sambo Aksel träffas och bygger sin relation.

Vad jag tyckte om/inte tyckte om:
Boken är välskriven, och jag tyckte mycket om formatet att ganska kontrollerat kastas fram och tillbaka i tiden. Första halvan av boken var hjärtskärande och visst föll det några tårar när det var som sorgligast.
Mot slutet hade historien tagit en annan vändning och man får följa Carolina genom en ny förälskelse, men stundtals kändes historien förutsägbar och tråkig.Vilket känns som en hädelse att säga om en självbiografisk bok. Det här har ju faktiskt hänt, det är inte fiktion.
Men vill du ha något som känns lite som en käftsmäll, då är det här en bok för dig! Det kommer även att få dig att krama din respektive lite hårdare varje dag.

Review: Essence by Hayley Gabrielle

[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

Review: Essence by Hayley Gabrielle (her website)
Language: English
Pages: 214 pages

My overall rating for this book: 4/5 

The story and trigger warnings
The story follows Abbey Shader, a young adult with no clue what she wants to do with her life (hear, hear!). And one day, she finds a bracelet in her room and suddenly she is in Ethra. Another dimension where human qualities like Pride, Optimism and Pessimism (among others) embodied in human-like creatures called Essences. Abbey is chosen to be the new Melder in Ethra. What does that title imply? Who summoned her and why? 

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I actually really liked this book. It was something comforting in knowing that Abbey doesn’t have her life together at all, and almost like a blessing she gets whisked away to another dimension. However, does she see it like a blessing? You need to read the book to find out! 
Another fantastic thing about this book is that Abbey isn’t described as one of those “not like other girls”-kinda girl. It was refreshing! 
I was basically sitting on nails for this entire read. It was beautifully written and the plot was great. It was thrilling to read the entire story, and you got just enough of information at the right times. It’s a mysterious read for sure! I can’t wait for the sequel, Luminessence, to be published!

Strange the Dreamer

Review: Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Language: English
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 532

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

The story and triggers warnings
The story follows Lazlo, a orphaned boy, with a dream.Ever since he’s been a boy he’s been obsessed with the lost city of Weep. We follow Lazlo as he grows into a young man. And by chance the opportunity to go to Weep presents itself for him. And he follows the Godslayer and his crew to the mystical city. But why was it cut off from the world? This book is just full of mysteries, so if you love that and a cozy atmosphere, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

What did I like/dislike about the book?
So, I wasn’t prepared to love this book as much as I did. Everyone has been raving about it lately, and I finally reach for it from my shelves. And it was such a great experience. It was such a cozy and mysterious read and I had to savor the book. I read a couple of chapters each days instead of just devouring the book right away. 
If you haven’t read this yet, I recommend that you do. It’s a great winter read!