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.

Swedish review: Rich boy

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Språk: Svenska
Förlag: Natur och Kultur
Antal sidor: 476

Betyg: 4/5

Kort om historien och eventuella trigger warnings:

Vi får följa tre kvinnor inom samma familj, i tre generationer. Vi har mormor Gully, mamma Marianne och sedan hennes dotter Annika. Vi får följa deras liv, hur det är att vara kvinna under tiden de lever och deras motgångar. Vi har Gully som gifter sig och får barn och bor i en fin villa med sin man, men så dör han och värmen i hemmet försvinner. Vi har Marianne som aldrig känt sig älskad av sin mor och som lever med Kaj som inte är den bästa av män. Och sedan har vi hennes dotter, Annika som känner sig åsidosatt som sin mor före sig och när hennes liv går i bitar behöver hon rannsaka sig själv och hennes mammas historia. 

Romanen innehåller sex, våld, droger och missbruk.

Vad jag tyckte om/inte tyckte om:

Gillar du att läsa böcker som känns som en käftsmäll? Livshistorier som aldrig verkar se ljuset? Ja, då är nog detta en bok för dig. I boken finns ett komplext persongalleri och fantastiska historier. Jag älskar att läsa miserabla historier, men det gör ju inte alla. Så om du söker en berättelse med en lycklig medelpunkt är nog inte detta romanen för dig. Jag älskade att följa alla berättelser, skillnaden att vara kvinna på 2000-talet kontra när Gully var ung om flerbarnsmamma och hur det var att bli vuxen under 60-talet.

Why it’s been echoing in here…

Hello friends!

It’s been a while! I’ve been rather busy the last couple of weeks. I got a job October 1th, so most of my time has been commuting and working + studying these last weeks. Because of this, I haven’t had that much time to read and write reviews. And every time I open my blog, I find things I want to change with it. However, those changes has to wait for now.

Anyway, there will be some changes here. Since I’m a Swede, I also read Swedish books. And I don’t want to exclude them from my reviews. So from now on, I’ll also review the Swedish books I read and these reviews will be in Swedish. If it’s a translated book, the review will be in English, as it has been before.
I wanted to make a separate category for the Swedish post, so they don’t show up on the homepage since most of my followers via Instagram and my blog doesn’t speak or read Swedish. But this has to wait for now. I’m writing and editing a Swedish review right now. And this one will show up on the homepage as usual. But in the future, the Swedish and English posts will be separate. I hope this doesn’t cause to much of a inconvenience for you right now.

My plan is to try to publish one blog post every week. Mainly because I have to focus on my literature course when I’m free from work at the time being. But maybe I’ll up the amount of posts as soon as I’m done with the course (January 2019).

 

I hope you’re having a great day!

xx

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.