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!

 

 

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 385

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

The story and triggers warnings
Trigger warnings for abuse, rape and a lot of alcohol!

The story revolves around Eleanor Oliphant’s simple but routine life. She goes to work, and on the weekends she treats herself with vodka and pizza. And every Wednesday, she speaks to her mother. But one day, she sees a musician and everything changes. What if it’s him who will make her life complete and make her mother proud of the life she leads?
And at the same time, a friendship with the IT guy at her office blossoms. It’s a lovely journey to follow Eleanor go from her lonely life to meet people and make friends.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
The story is told from Eleanor’s perspective, you get to follow her thoughts and reasoning behind many of the things happening throughout the story. And occasionally her mind wanders, like all minds do from time to time. And I had never read anything like that before. It took a while to get used to it, but when I had I absolutely adored this style of writing and telling a story.

You get to follow Eleanor around in her head and see her mind change about things. It’s marvelous! I’ll probably recommend this book forever.

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury (e-book)
Pages: 626

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

Since I read this book on my vacation is south Sweden, I didn’t really take notes on specific things in the book. So, this review is just basically my feelings written down in retrospect. Enjoy.

The story and triggers warnings:
Since it’s a new adult book, the story features both violence and sex in various ways. Nothing quite disturbing. But if you don’t want to read about steamy sex you’ve been warned (lol).

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I felt that this book was a rollercoaster ride. It was wild. It has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I was completely blindsided by some of the twists which was a feeling I’m not used to, and not really in this genre.
And the Night Court, oh my god. Rhysand, just marry me or something.

I usually feel that YA sometimes might be just to predictable for me. However, with this series, that’s not the case. (I just googled and can see that this series is new adult, so my statement is a bit inaccurate).
I’m not an avid reader of new adult, I have mainly stuck to YA or adult fiction. But the mix of the two genres is a fresh breeze. To be able to read a story like this and still enjoy the gory scenes of war and the steamy bits of sex. I’m a fan!

Review: Bird Box

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Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 291
My overall rating for this book: 5

The story and triggers warnings
We follow Malorie who in the middle of a catastrophe tries to raise her children and keep her and them safe. The outside world has become a unsafe place. And the only way to go outside is to blindfold yourself.
Something is roaming out there, and if you catch a glimpse of it you will go crazy. To keep safe, people have huddled together in houses with windows covered with blankets. How do you preform the most basic things, like fetching water from the well if you can’t see it?

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I actually enjoyed most parts of this book. It was a brilliant work of fiction that makes you think “How would I survive this?”. It’s a story about a catastrophe and about how people come together to survive. It’s a story about true friendships and surviving against all odds.

Review: Call Me By Your Name

IMG_1736Review: Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Books London
Pages: 248

My overall rating for this book: 5 stars

The story and triggers warnings
The story follows our main character Elio, who every summer goes to their house on the Italian Riviera. He’s parents takes in a guest every year. And this year it’s Oliver. We follow their relationship which blossoms over the summer. It’s an honest and compelling story about love. And above all, summer love.  Since the story is told in retrospect, we know from the beginning that the love story does not continue, which filled me as a reader with a feeling of sorrow even though I hadn’t gotten to know the characters yet.
It’s a story about falling head over heels in love with someone and doing everything to feel loved.

A trigger warning is in place for somewhat graphic sex scenes. Aciman really have a way of describing these ones, I’m not sure if I loved it or disliked it. But it was an essential part of the book and story. Without it, the story would have felt flat.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I absolutely fell in love with the story over all. It was well written and had a great balance between love and despair. I really felt for the main characters at most times and just wanted to jump into the book and hug them both.

As I mentioned above, there was pretty graphic sex scenes. Which I at times had trouble with. Especially a certain scene in the book regarding a fruit made me cringe out of my skin and I had to close the book for a couple of minutes. If you’ve read it, or seen the film, you probably know what I’m referring to.

Book review: It

Book review It by Stephen King

Language: Swedish

Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag

Pages: 1340

My overall rating for this book: 5 stars

The story and triggers warnings

The story revolves around the friendship of the Losers Club in Derry. The club is formed by Bill, Mike, Beverly, Ben, Eddie, Stan and Richie. They find each other and find comfort in the fact that they are all in some way social outcasts or losers. The story begins with Bills younger brother being found brutally murdered by the creature It. And Bill is determined to have his revenge on the creature.

And in some way all of the members of Losers Club have seen It, and they know they have to stop what’s haunting the town Derry. Because no one else will. We follow the kids on their journey, as well as adults when they return to finish what they started 27 years earlier.

The book contains heaps of racist and homophobic slurs, which in its way is disturbing and hard to read. However, King makes a good use of it. The point of it is to show that we, humans, are in a way the real monsters.

Other triggers one should be aware of before picking this book up is, child abuse, abuse in general, countless mentions of blood and gore and also graphic sex scenes.

What did I like/dislike about the book?

I liked the fact that the book revolved around the unlikely friendship of the Losers Club, and also the reunion of the gang 27 years later. And I loved the fact that a lot of the book centered around the evil of man as well as the evil created by It. It makes you think, who are the real monster?

Despite the book being 1300+ pages it was not dull, at times it fast paced which made me just keep turning the pages.But the last 200 pages of he book was sluggish and it felt at times like the story wasn’t moving forward at all. However, I don’t feel like I want to lower my rating for the book despite the slow paced end.

Since I read the translated version in Swedish, so I can’t really review Kings language use. But the translation work over all was good. Even though I was surprised that the Swedish translator hadn’t kept Pennywise as the name of the clown.