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!

The Fourteenth Letter

Review: The Fourteenth Letter – Claire Evans
Language: English
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 440

My overall rating for this book: 4/5

The story and triggers warnings

This story contains a lot of violence, death, racism and rape. Which you should be aware of before reading it.


The story follows the aftermath of the unexpected murder of Phoebe Sansbury on her engagement party. The story is set in London, 1881.   
The murderer looks her groom in the eyesand says “I promised I would save you”.

We follow the detective from Scotland Yard, Harry, as he tries to unravel what led up to this crime. We also follow William and Savannah who is connected to the story in ways they cannot imagine. 
The book handles topics like acceptance of who you are, discrimination and corruption among other things. It’s a real page-turner.  

What did I like/dislike about the book?

The story is told via multiple POVs,and this is something I rarely like. But in this story, it actually drew me in further. So, if you like books based in the Victorian Era, murder mysteries and don’t mind multiple points of view I would recommend you to pick this book up.

And the story and motive of the murder held me on the edge of my seat, the turns the story takes is at times so unexpected I had to put the book aside just to collect myself.

At times, it felt like the author wanted to throw in even more elaborate plots and twists, which wasn’t a 100% necessary. However, it’s still a good book which I’ll probably recommend to friends I know who loves a good murderer mystery or a good historical fiction.

Review: Hydranos

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

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Review: Hydranos by  Constantina Maud (her blog and her Instagram)
Language: English
Pages: 586

If you want your own copy of the book, you can find it here (via amazon)!

My overall rating for this book: 3,5/5

Synopsis:
“On Cosmos, death is not everyone’s fate. There, where children cannot grow up away from their birth land and humanity is split into four Nations… are Stones that are not stones.
A cadet official of her country’s royal council, Drynoe keeps finding herself torn between duty and her very nature. And her scarred past has forced her to believe that being governed by one’s feelings is a weakness that comes with a fatal price…
When a most revered, supercentenarian ruler who was unable to die meets his unforeseen end, and Hydranos, the primordial Stone-‘essence’ of water that uncovers even the most hidden of feelings, takes flight, the cosmic balances start to go haywire. Drynoe and her friends end up in the vibrant colony of Helicasteros and on the threshold of life-altering events, like their encounter with the enigmatic master builder Lythes, who constantly challenges anyone that isn’t true to oneself… when he’s not weaving his own impenetrable mist of secrets. Immersed into the oblivion and almost eternal summer of a land where treasure hunters are entitled to sanctuary and no barriers between wishes and real life exist, Drynoe’s resolve is tested more than ever. And the group’s protean hostess Vryx is⸺like Hydranos⸺tenaciously set on unmasking their hearts’ deepest desires… and turning them from dreams into reality.
Hydranos is the first novel in the series The Age of Stones.”

What did I like/dislike about the book?

For how long could the past last?

This is a fantasy adventure, and it’s the first book in a series, which means it contains a lot of world building and character building (Did I hear a ‘yay’?!).
The story itself is pretty forward, it’s almost like you’ve thrown into it. It feels like the story begins in the midst of things. However, I did enjoy it. And read it in a course of about two weeks. When I write reviews of books, I try to focus on just that book for the time being. So that I have my thoughts collected and focused around one storyline.

One thing I thought about was that I felt that the language use was a bit too hard for me, I could at times not get in to the flow because I felt the language use was too advanced for me at times. But then again, bare in mind that English isn’t my first language. However, mid-book I had forgotten about this and basically flew through the pages. Maybe I just had to get used to the writing style!
The book comes with a pretty handy appendix in the back, with maps, a glossary, timelines and family trees.  Which certainly came in handy and is highly appreciated!